Winfield’s daughter asking for clemency in execution
ST. LOUIS, MO (AP) – When John Winfield went on a jealousy-fueled shooting spree in St. Louis County in 1996, he killed two women and permanently blinded the mother of his two children. One of those children is now part of the effort to save him.
Winfield is scheduled to be executed at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. It would be the fifth execution in Missouri this year. But it would also be among the first since a botched execution in Oklahoma in April raised new concerns about the death penalty. Executions are also scheduled Tuesday in Georgia and Wednesday in Florida.
A federal judge last week granted a stay for Winfield. That case is under appeal. A clemency request before Gov. Jay Nixon includes a letter from Symone Winfield on behalf of her father.