Mo. Supreme Court sets Jan. 29 execution date

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Supreme Court has set an execution date for a man convicted of killing a jewelry store owner more than two decades ago.

On Monday, the state high court ordered that Herbert Smulls be executed Jan. 29. Smulls was convicted of the 1991 murder of Chesterfield jeweler Stephen Honickman.

Smulls was originally sentenced to death by a St. Louis County jury in 1992. His attorney filed several appeals but the U.S. Supreme Court denied his final appeal in April 2009.

The state Supreme Court set the most recent execution date days before Missouri was scheduled to carry out another execution at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday. The execution of Joseph Franklin in November was Missouri's first in nearly three years.

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