Update: Tuesday, April 14, 2015  11:31 pm EDT

 

Andre Cole has been executed by the state of Missouri.  Read the full story here.

 

Update: Tuesday, April 14, 2015  10:53 pm EDT

 

The Supreme Court of the United States has declined to stay the execution of Andre Cole.  Andre had four petitions before the Court, all of which were denied.  Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has also denied clemency for Andre.  According to Missouri law, the state has 24 hours to carry out an execution, beginning at 6 pm CDT, on the day of the scheduled execution, and concluding at 5:59 pm CDT, the following day.

 

Update: Tuesday, April 14, 2015  7:59 pm EDT

 

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has lifted the stay granted by US District Judge Catherine Perry for Missouri inmate Andre Cole, scheduled to be executed tonight.  This decision has been appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States, which has yet to rule on the issue.

 

Update: Tuesday, April 14, 2015  1:32 pm EDT

 

US District Judge Catherine Perry has stayed the execution of Andre Cole, agreeing with his lawyers that he lacks the mental competency to be executed due to a mental illness.  Similar arguments were rejected earlier by the Missouri Supreme Court.  Missouri's Attorney General's Office has appealed Judge Perry's decision to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.  Regardless of the ruling by the 8th Circuit, the decision will likely be appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States.  Andre's attorney's have also asked the Supreme Court of the United States to issue a stay of execution over concerns regarding Missouri's execution drugs, which were purchased from a compounding pharmacy, the name of which the state has refused to release.

 

Update: Monday, April 13, 2015  3:32 pm EDT

 

Andre Cole's execution is scheduled to occur at 6 pm CDT, on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Corrections Center in Bonne Terre, Missouri.  Fifty-two-year-old Andre is convicted of the murder of Anthony Curtis on August 21, 1998, in St. Louis County, Missouri.  Andre has spent the last 14 years on Missouri’s death row.

 

Growing up, Andre participated in cub scouts, attended church with his family, and enjoyed bowling, shopping, and going places with friends.  Andre was also described as a hard worker.  Andre was employed at the St. Louis Zoo at the time of the murder.   Andre’s family testified that he was loving and reliable.  Andre had previously been convicted on two felony counts for unlawful use of weapon.  He also had misdemeanor convictions for failure to return to confinement and violation of an order of protection.

 

Andre and Terri Cole divorced in the spring of 1995, after having two children together.  Over the next two years, the couple would attempt to rekindle their relationship and work out their problems, however, they were never successful.  By July of 1998, Terri had stopped seeing Andre and had begun a relationship with Anthony Curtis.  Andre had also moved on and was seeing someone new.  At the end of July, after hearing that Andre was seeing someone and planning to attempt to gain custody of their children, Terri changed her phone number and refused to give it to Andre.

 

As part of their divorce, Andre was required to pay child support, $320 a month.  Andre fell behind in payments during the summer of 1998, and was issued a wage withholding order.  This had previously happened to Andre, however, coworkers heard Andre saying, “Before I give her another dime I’ll kill the [expletive deleted].”  Andre’s first paycheck with a wage deduction was received on August 21, 1998.

 

Prior to that date, Andre had attempted to contact Terri and his children several times.  He would often show up at her home during the day and night, ringing the doorbell and knocking on the door.

 

On the evening of August 21, 1998, Terri and the man she was seeing, Anthony, were enjoying a night in, watching movies and eating, while the children were out.  While they were watching a movie, they heard a crash from the dining room.  Andre had broken the glass sliding door.  Andre began yelling and cursing at Terri, wanting to know why she was doing this and that he knew she loved him.  

 

Anthony opened the front door and told Andre to leave.  Andre attacked Anthony with a knife, stabbing him several times, inflicting several lethal wounds.  Andre then attacked Terri, stabbing her several times.  Anthony did not survive his injuries.  Terri required extensive rehabilitation, but survived.

 

Andre went on the run, staying with a relative in Tennessee.  He turned himself into the police on September 23, 1998.  Andre claims that he is innocent of the crime for which he was convicted.  Andre claims that Anthony advanced towards him with the knife.  Terri was injured attempting to stop Anthony.  Andre also alleged that Terri killed Anthony during their fight.  Andre attempted to help Terri, but she insisted that he leave.  Andre said he did not call the police that night as he was afraid he would be set up and accused.

 

Terri testified that she did not return to her home until after Andre was arrested because she was afraid he would come after her.  Andre was convicted and sentenced to death on March 9, 2001.

 

 

The Missouri Supreme Court has rejected a request to stay his.  Andre's lawyers argued that Andre was ineligible to be executed because he lacked the necessary mental competency.  According to his lawyers, Andre is depressed and has symptoms of psychosis, including delusions which prevent him from understanding why he is being executed.  After reviewing audio recordings of telephone conversations, the court determined that Andre showed an understanding of why he was being executed.  His attorneys are also attempting to argue that Andre did not have a fair trial as there were no black jurors on the jury.

 

Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Anthony Curtis.  Please pray for peace and healing for Terri and her family.  Pray for strength for the family of Andre.  Pray that if Andre is innocent or if lacks the mental competency to be executed, evidence will be revealed before his execution.  Please pray that Andre will come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already found one.

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