The state carried out an execution against a convicted 35-year-old hit man last night. After a delay of about 22 hours, convicted contract killer David Basile died by lethal injection at 10:05 p.m. His execution had been delayed when a new alibi witness came forward. The woman had said she was with Basile at the time Elizabeth DeCaro was killed in 1992. Basile was convicted of killing DeCaro in exchange for money, a car, and other property from DeCaro’s husband. The courts rejected Basile’s appeals for more time: the Missouri Supreme Court at 5:15 p.m.; the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals at 6:20 p.m. and the U. S. Supreme Court at 9:10 p.m. More on capital punishment in Missouri.
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