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Vigil in Springfield Today Against Rousan Execution

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Nine vigils, protesting the scheduled execution of convicted murderer William Rousan, are planned Tuesday. One is in Springfield at noon.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Convicted murderer William Rousan is scheduled to be put to death Wednesday, for the 1993 killing of a woman near Bonne Terre.

Tuesday, 9 vigils protesting the death penalty will be held around Missouri by Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.  One of the events is in Springfield at noon on Park Central Square.

The State Supreme Court is continuing with its one-execution-a-month schedule.  Rousan’s attorneys claim jury instructions at his trial were confusing, an issue the state says the Court and federal courts have already dealt with. Rousan, his son, Brent, and Rousan’s brother, Robert, participated in the murder of a rural Bonne Terre couple, Charles and Grace Lewis, almost twenty years ago as part of a cattle theft and robbery.

Brent Rousan, who was 16 at the time of the killings, pleaded guilty to two murder charges and was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences without parole. Robert Rousan pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, promised to testify against his brother, and was sentenced to fifteen years in prison.

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