The Missouri Supreme Court has set an execution date for a man who killed his girlfriend and her 2-year-old child 14-years ago. Richard Strong is scheduled to die by lethal injection between 6 p.m. June 9 and 5:59 p.m. June 10 at the prison in Bonne Terre.
Police in St. Ann responding to a 911 hangup in October of 2000 discovered that Strong, 48, had stabbed Eva Washington 21 times and her daughter, Zandrea Thomas, 12 times. Police found the couple’s 3-month-old baby sitting on a bed next to a pool of blood and a knife.
Strong was given two death sentences in 2003.
Missouri had been scheduled to carry out the execution of Kimber Edwards in May, but the Supreme Court lifted that execution order. Edwards was sentenced to death for allegedly hiring someone to kill his ex-wife in 2000.