Wednesday, August 6
(Lake St. Louis, MO) -- A St. Louis-area man who raped and strangled his neighbor is dead by lethal injection. The state executed Michael Worthington shortly after midnight, Central time Wednesday. Worthington's is the first execution in the nation since last month's Arizona execution that raised questions about the legality of lethal injections. Worthington had been on death row since 1998 after pleading guilty to the 1995 murder of Mindy Griffin.