Man convicted of killing 10-year-old Pamela Butler scheduled for execution in August

AG William Barr scheduled four convicted child murderers for death Monday, including the man convicted of murdering 10-year-old Pamela Butler in 1999.


The U.S. Department of Justice has scheduled execution dates for four convicted child murderers, among them, the man convicted of killing Kansas City, Kansas, 10-year-old Pamela Butler.

Butler was killed 20 years ago, on Oct. 12, 1999.

Pamela had gone outside to roller skate.

A man in a truck, later identified as Keith Nelson, abducted her, raped her and killed her. Butler’s body was eventually found abandoned in a wooded field near a church in Grain Valley, Missouri.

Nelson was linked to the crime through DNA and eventually pleaded guilty in 2001.

On Monday, Attorney General William Barr directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons to set the execution dates for four inmates accused of murdering children. Also joining Nelson on the list is Lansing, Kansas man, Wesley Ira Purkey, convicted of murdering 16-year-old Jennifer Long in 1998.

“The four murderers whose executions are scheduled today have received full and fair proceedings under our Constitution and laws,” Barr said in a news release. “We owe it to the victims of these horrific crimes, and to the families left behind, to carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system.”

Barr directed the BOP to provide for the use of pentobarbital for lethal injection in federal executions in July 2019.

Nelson’s execution is scheduled for Aug. 28, 2020.