POTOSI, Mo. -- Martsay Bolder, who was serving a life sentence for murder when he fatally stabbed his former cellmate and was sentenced to death, was executed early Wednesday by lethal injection.
Bolder, 35, remained calm in the hours before his execution, said Dale Riley, a spokesman for the Missouri Department of Corrections. The condemned man did not receive any visitors during his last day of life at the Potosi Correctional Center. He had requested that no family members or friends be allowed to witness his execution, Riley said.
Bolder, who was from Kansas City, received a lethal dose of chemicals by injection at 12:05 a.m. Wednesday and was pronounced dead four minutes later, Riley said. The Potosi facility, which houses the state's death-row inmates, is about 80 miles southwest of St. Louis.
The execution followed Tuesday night's refusal by the Supreme Court of the United States to issue a stay. Earlier Tuesday, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at St. Louis voted to reject Bolder's appeal and to deny him a new hearing.
Bolder was a teenager when he killed Louis Donovan, 69, during a robbery attempt at the retiree's Kansas City home in 1973. Bolder was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison at the age of 17.
In March 1979, Bolder stabbed Theron King, 24, his former cellmate at the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City. The two inmates had been feuding, prosecutors said. King underwent surgery for the wound and died six weeks later from an infection.
A jury in Randolph County Circuit Court recommended Bolder be executed, and a judge gave him the death sentence in 1980. The death sentence was overturned in 1990 by a federal judge in Kansas City, but the 8th Circuit reinstated the penalty.
Last Friday, Bolder's attorneys filed another appeal, claiming that medical records would show King died as a result of poor medical treatment and that Bolder's trial lawyer had been incompetent by failing to present the evidence.
That claim was rejected Monday by U.S. District Judge Jean Hamilton of St. Louis, who said the jury probably would have found Bolder guilty even if the medical evidence had been presented. The appeals court upheld her ruling Tuesday, saying the contention should have been raised earlier.
The Supreme Court then refused late Tuesday to issue a stay of execution. The 8th Circuit had cited Monday's Supreme Court ruling in a Texas case that made it more difficult for death-row inmates to win stays on last-minute appeals.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia late Tuesday granted a stay of execution to Ramon Montoya, a Mexican citizen convicted in the 1983 murder of a Dallas police officer. Montoya, 38, was scheduled to die by injection. The stay was came after Montoya's lawyers filed an appeal early Tuesday.
Bolder became the eighth man to be put to death in Missouri since the state resumed executions in 1989 and the first since last October. Gov. Mel Carnahan, a Democrat who was elected in November and sworn in earlier this month, refused to intervene in the first life-or-death decision of his term.