Missouri v. Leon Taylor
7944 S.W. 2d 925 (Mo.banc)
On April 14, 1994, Taylor, his half-brother Willie Owens, and his half-sister
Tina Owens were driving Tinaís car discussing various robbery
Taylor suggested a gas
station in Independence where only one person would be working. The trio
went to the station and purchased some gasoline. Taylor asked whether
they were going to rob it.
Tina Owens said no
because a little girl was inside. Sarah Yates, an eight-year-old, was
keeping company with Robert Newton, her stepfather and the gas station
The three left the
station, only to return a few moments later after the oil light came on.
Willie Owens went into the station and asked for some oil. Taylor next
entered the store and stated they needed a different weight of oil.
Taylor then drew a
pistol and stated that he would shoot Newton unless he gave them the
money. Newton complied, handing Owens approximately $400 in a bank money
bag. Owens took the money and returned to the car.
Taylor directed Newton
and the child to the stationís back room. Taylor shot Newton once in the
head, killing him. Taylor then pointed the gun at the child. Taylor
pulled the trigger, but the gun jammed and did not discharge.
locked the child in the back room and returned to the car. Taylor told
Willie and Tina Owens that he had shot the man and that he had to go
back inside and get the little girl. However, because Willie and Tina
wanted to leave, they then drove away.