Execution set for sheriff shootings

Wednesday, December 12, 2001

The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The state Supreme Court has set a Jan. 9 execution for James Johnson, convicted of killing three central Missouri sheriff's officers and a sheriff's wife a decade ago.

Johnson's case got attention both for the crimes and political controversy, affecting a nomination for a federal judgeship and confirmation of U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft.

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