Governor Jay Nixon has issued a statement regarding the execution of William Rousan for the 1993 murder of Grace Lewis.  Nixon on Tuesday denied a request for clemency for Rousan.

In his statement, Nixon says, “Our thoughts and prayers tonight are with the family and friends of Grace and Charles Lewis, as they remember a couple murdered in a brutal and senseless crime.

“William Rousan was convicted of both killings and sentenced to the ultimate punishment provided by Missouri law for the murder of Grace Lewis. That sentence now has been carried out.

I ask that Missourians remember the Lewises at this time and join us in keeping their loved ones in their thoughts and prayers.”