The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld the death sentenceof a St. Louis County man who was convicted of killing his girlfriend andher two-year-old daughter. Richard Strong had said in September 2002 thathe wanted to plead guilty to the killings and be sentenced to death, but hewas eventually tried before a jury. The jury convicted him of the October2000 stabbing deaths. The state public defender appealed the deathsentence. Appeals are automatic in Missouri.