The state Supreme Court has set an execution date for a former St. Louis City jailer who was sentenced to death for the murder-for-hire killing of his ex-wife, to whom he owed back child support.
50-year-old Kimber Edwards is scheduled to die by lethal injection between 6 p.m. May 12 and 5:59 pm May 13, at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Bonne Terre.
Court documents say in 2000 Edwards was facing a felony charge for not paying a year’s worth of child support. He had been offered a plea deal that required him to pay back support when his ex-wife, Kimberly Cantrell was fatally shot at her home in University City on August 22, 2000.
Edwards was later convicted of paying one or two people $1,600 to kill Cantrell. The man he paid that was identified, Ortell Wilson, is serving life in prison for first-degree murder for his part in her murder. Wilson testified against Kimber. The other man, known only as “Michael,” was never identified or caught.
Missouri is next scheduled to execute 52-year-old Andre Cole, who murdered a friend of his ex-wife in a dispute over child support. He is set to die by lethal injection April 14.