The Governor's Office today released the following statement from Gov. Jay Nixon regarding his decision on the petition for clemency from John Middleton:
After a final briefing from my counsel and a comprehensive review by my office, I have denied the petition for clemency from three-time convicted murderer John Middleton. Each request is considered and decided on its own merit and set of facts, and this is a process and a power of the Governor I do not take lightly.
In 1995, John Middleton carried out a plan to eliminate three people he considered informants on his meth-dealing crimes. As a result, Alfred Pinegar, Randy Hamilton and Stacey Hodge were murdered in cold blood, their bodies left to be discovered days later. In separate trials, Missouri juries found that these murders warranted the death penalty. My denial of clemency upholds the jury's decision to impose that penalty for the murder of Alfred Pinegar.
I ask that the people of Missouri remember victims Alfred Pinegar, Randy Hamilton and Stacey Hodge, and keep them and their families in their thoughts and prayers.