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Family of murdered woman speaks out about use of propofol as state execution drug

The family of 19-year-old Amanda Morton, murdered in 2000, is still awaiting David Zink's death.

May 25, 2012|by Mary Moloney, KSPR News

Eleven years ago, 19-year-old Amanda Morton was driving on Interstate 44 near Strafford when her car was hit. The other driver, David Zink -- a convicted felon -- kidnapped Morton, raped and killed her.

"She did nothing wrong. She did not deserve to die," Amanda's mother Debbie Morton said. "He killed her and threw her away like she was trash."

Zink's trial lasted 13 days and a jury found guilty.

And it was done...or so they thought. Zink was sentenced to the death penalty in 2004, but today the family says they still live in a nightmare.

"Her life was cut short. We were robbed of so much. You know, seeing her married, seeing her grandchildren, seeing her graduate from college. She didn't even get to graduate from OTC," Debbie Morton said."We would like an end to this process as soon as possible."

There are hangups, as propofol is now the state of Missouri's new method of execution. The maker of the drug disagrees on the use, and attorneys for inmates say they may block the untested sedative.

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"My daughter was beaten, she was tortured, she was raped," Debbie Morton said. "And she deserves, deserves more than what she got. And he's just going to go to sleep for it."

In the last 12 years, only two inmates were put to death in the state. It's part of a national and regional downward trend.

Although judges in Missouri still sentence capital punishment, as in the recent Rowan Ford ruling, for one family justice will be served only once a killer is finally gone.

"These people who have been convicted, you know, they deserve to die; they deserve to have their sentence carried out," Morton said. "And especially the families deserve for it to be overwith. They deserve for these people to be punished."

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