AG seeks date for Clayton's execution

Thursday, May 17, 2012 ~ Updated 4:36 PM

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has requested Supreme Court action in the Cecil Clayton capital murder case.

Clayton has been incarcerated on Missouri's death row since a jury found him guilty of capital murder in the shooting death of Barry County Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Castetter on Nov. 27, 1996. The guilty verdict was handed down by a Jasper County jury on Oct. 20, 1997.

Clayton, of Purdy, is one of nine defendants who Koster identified in his motion as having final capital murder convictions with no stays in effect. The U.S. Court of Appeals upheld Clayton's conviction and death sentence on Nov. 3, 2008. The Missouri Supreme Court also affirmed Clayton's conviction and death sentence on direct appeal in 1999 and again in 2001.

Koster is requesting that the Supreme Court set an execution date for Clayton. His motions indicate that no legal impediments remain that would keep the Supreme Court from setting such a date.

Clayton has been behind bars since his arrest on the night of Nov. 27, 2007. He was apprehended at his residence in Purdy approximately 45 minutes after Castetter was shot in his patrol car while responding to a suspicious vehicle call.

According to court records, Clayton shot Castetter at point blank range when the officer rolled down his window. The shooting occurred outside a rural Cassville residence that was owned by the mother of Clayton's estranged girlfriend.

Castetter was 29 at the time of his death.

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