Man Convicted in Ozark Murder Denied Appeal by Supreme Court

A man who was convicted in the 1991 murder of Gladys Kuehler has lost an appeal before the state Supreme Court.

Walter Barton, 60, is now facing a May 19th execution date.

Barton was convicted of stabbing Kuehler to death in October 1991 because Barton was about to be evicted for not paying rent.

The Court denied an appeal for a hearing that Barton is innocent of the crime and that he was impaired by a brain injury.

Barton’s attorney claimed blood that was found Barton’s clothing was there because helped to identify the victim. There was also a claim that a witness was unreliable.

The Court said Barton did not show incompetence that would stop his execution.

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