The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence for a man convicting
of fatally shooting 2 central Missouri law officers during a botched jail break
a dozen years ago.
The court on Tuesday rejected 7 arguments raised by Michael Tisius, including
his objections about a prosecutor's closing arguments to jurors during a
resentencing hearing in 2010.
Tisius was convicted of the 2000 shooting deaths of Randolph County jailers
Jason Acton and Leon Egley as he and a woman unsuccessfully tried to free
inmate Roy Vance from jail.
The high court in 2008 had overturned a previous death sentence for Tisius,
which led to the resentencing and the latest appeal.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court called Tisius' conduct "calculating and brazen"
and said the death penalty was not disproportionate.
(source: Associated Press)