MISSOURI (USA): MARK CHRISTESON EXECUTED
January 31, 2017: Mark Christeson, 37, White, was executed. He was convicted of the February 1, 1998 murders of Susan Brouk, 36, White, and her 2 children, Adria, 12, and Kyle, 9, and sentenced to death on October 14, 1999.
Court documents show Christeson was 18-years-old at the time decided to run away with his 17-year-old cousin Jessie Carter.
The police account contended the duo entered Brouk's home and started to tie up the children. Christeson then forced Susan Brouk into her daughter's bedroom at gunpoint and raped her.
The duo then forced Brouk and her children to a pond where Brouk and her son's throats were cut. All 3 were thrown into the pond. The duo was caught in California. Carter eventually testified against his cousin and is serving a life sentence without parole.
Christeson was scheduled to be executed in 2014 but won an appeal. His attorney argued Christeson did not have adequate legal representation because his lawyer missed a simple deadline to file a federal appeal.
Christeson becomes the 1st inmate to be put to death this year in Missouri and the 88th overall since the state resumed capital punishment in 1989. Christeson becomes the 4th inmate to be put to death this year int he USA and the 1446th overall since the nation resumed executions on January 17, 1977. (Sources: KTVI & Rick Halperin, 31/01/2017)