Man put to death for 1986 murder

Thursday, November 21, 2002

POTOSI, Mo. -- A Kansas City, Mo., man convicted of what prosecutors called a cold-blooded, execution-style killing was put to death early Wednesday.

William R. Jones Jr. died at 12:04 a.m., three minutes after the first of three lethal doses was administered at the Potosi Correctional Center. He was the sixth Missouri inmate executed this year.

Jones' fate was sealed late Tuesday when both Gov. Bob Holden and the U.S. Supreme Court rejected appeals.

Jones was convicted of first-degree murder in the 1986 death of Stanley Albert, whom he'd met at a Kansas City park frequented by gay men.

Jones maintained he shot Albert in self-defense when Albert made unwanted sexual advances.

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