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Mo. Man Executed for ’83 Killings

April 25, 2001

POTOSI, Mo. (AP) _ A man convicted of killing three men in a St. Louis pawn shop in 1983 in an argument over a worthless stickpin he tried to pawn was executed by injection early Wednesday.

Mose Young’s fate was sealed a few hours earlier when Gov. Bob Holden refused a clemency request. A final court appeal had been turned down Monday.

In 1984, a jury found Young, now 46, guilty in the shooting deaths. Prosecutors said he was angry because the shop’s manager refused to pay $1,800 for the stickpin, which Young wanted to pawn to buy his girlfriend a used Cadillac.

His attorney, Sean O’Brien, had argued that the lawyer who represented Young at his trial failed to provide a proper defense. He said John M. Walsh was overworked, drinking heavily and so ill he was coughing up blood.

Walsh surrendered his Missouri law license in 1988 and was disbarred after an investigative committee said he inadequately represented several clients.

At the time of the trial, Young claimed that another man in the pawn shop killed the three men. He continued to proclaim his innocence in the days leading up to the execution.

Young was the third inmate executed in Missouri this year and the 49th since the state’s death penalty was reinstated in 1989.

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