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Convicted Murderer Dies By Lethal Injection

August 31, 1990

POTOSI, Mo. (AP) _ A man convicted of five murders was put to death by injection early Friday.

George C. Gilmore, 44, was pronounced dead at 12:10 a.m.

Gilmore was executed for the August 1979 murder of 83-year-old Mary Luella Watters. He also had received the death sentence for three other murders and was given a life prison term for a fourth.

Authorities say Gilmore and Leonard Laws killed five people in a St. Louis- area crime spree, targeting elderly or helpless people for robbery and murder. Laws was executed May 17.

A series of appeals Thursday failed to stop the execution, the 137th nationwide and fifth in Missouri since the U.S. Supreme Court in 1976 let states resume use of the death penalty.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused by a 6-1 vote to block Gilmore’s death. Justice Thurgood Marshall, who opposes the death penalty in all circumstances, dissented. Justice Antonin Scalia did not take part in the case.

U.S. District Court Judge Edward L. Filippine and the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals also dismissed Gilmore’s appeals Thursday.

Appeals filed for Gilmore by lawyers Kevin Collins and James Delworth alleged mitigating evidence had not been considered earlier. Gilmore, the son of two alcoholics, suffered fetal alcohol syndrome and organic brain damage, Delworth said.

Missouri Attorney General William Webster’s office rejected those arguments.

Prison spokesman Dale Riley said Gilmore saw some family members and a friend Thursday afternoon. Riley did not identify the visitors.

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