Myers is scheduled to be put to death on July 20, 2022. The court previously denied Myers’ attorneys’ attempts to get Myers’ sentenced changed to life in prison without parole — the same sentence Mosley is serving.
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Back, 18, was a 2013 Waynesville High School graduate who was going to enter the U.S. Navy in less than two weeks at the time of his death.
After Myers’ original sentencing, Back’s mother, Sandy Cates, said, “It’s bittersweet. It’s justice for Justin, but it’s never going to bring Justin back.”
Testimony showed Myers planned the crime, including acquiring septic chemicals he expected would decompose Back’s body, but that Mosley killed Back during a struggle on the floor of the kitchen after a garrote designed to choke Back to death caught on his chin.
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Myers and Back were friends until eighth grade, when Myers moved to Clayton. Testimony indicated Myers was the one who decided they should target Back’s home, unaware the family safe contained only $70 at the time.
Myers’ attorneys, Timothy McKenna and Roger Kirk, wrote in their motion to reconsider that the state’s highest court’s analysis “was flawed and ignored critical facts” and that Myers’ death penalty sentence “is patently unfair when the actual killer received life without parole.”
McKenna and Kirk didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment. Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell didn’t return a message seeking comment but has said before that he anticipated the defense to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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