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Killer executed in Missouri for slaying state trooper

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POTOSI, Mo. (Reuters) — Jerome Mallet, who killed a Missouri state trooper during a traffic stop in 1985, was executed early Wednesday.

Death penalty opponents raised questions of racial bias.

Mallett, 42, was pronounced dead at 12:06 a.m. Wednesday after receiving a lethal injection of drugs at the Potosi Correctional Center, said prison spokesman Tim Kniest.

Mallett, who claimed he shot Missouri State Highway Patrolman James Froemsdorf in self-defense after wrestling away the lawman's gun, said in a final statement: "My heart and best wishes to the Froemsdorf family. I hope everybody can just move on now and this can be a learning experience for everybody."