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Missouri Supreme Court sets execution date for David Zink

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David Zink.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Missouri Supreme Court has set an execution date of July 14 for David Zink, convicted of abducted and killing a southwest Missouri woman in 2001.

The court set the date Wednesday for Zink, who is 56. Missouri has executed three men so far this year, and Richard Strong is scheduled to die June 9.

Zink killed 19-year-old Amanda Morton after rear-ending her car on Interstate 44 near her hometown of Stafford.

He defended himself at his own murder trial, then appealed on grounds that the judge shouldn’t have allowed him to do so.

At trial, he tried unsuccessfully to win a voluntary manslaughter verdict by claiming that he didn’t deliberate before killing Morton.