Execution set for Missouri man who killed neighbor

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ST. LOUIS (AP) – The Missouri Supreme Court has set an execution date for a man convicted of sexually assaulting a 63-year-old woman and beating her to death with a hammer.

The state Supreme Court on Thursday scheduled the execution of 47-year-old Paul Goodwin for Dec. 10. Missouri has executed eight men already in 2014, with the execution of Leon Taylor scheduled for Nov. 19.

Joan Crotts of St. Louis County was killed March 1, 1998, at her home. Goodwin lived in a boarding house next door.

Court documents show that Goodwin sexually assaulted her, threw her down a flight of stairs and attacked her with a hammer.

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