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Ex-drug dealer who killed best friend and cop in dispute over LAWNMOWER to be executed tomorrow

Mirror logo Mirror 10/05/2016 By Sam Webb

A former drug dealer who gunned down his best friend, her guest and a police officer in a dispute over a lawnmower will be executed tomorrow.

Earl Forrest, of Platte County, Missouri, went to Harriet Smith’s home after a drinking session and demanded she buy him the gardening equipment and a mobile home after he introduced her to a source for crystal meth.

A struggle ensued and Forrest, 65, shot a guest of Smith's, Michael Wells, in the face, killing him.

Forrest also killed Smith by shooting her six times - and has since blamed her for the shooting.

He then stole crystal meth worth £17,000 (NZD$36,290) and fled to his home, where he got into a shootout with police officers.

Forrest shot Chief Deputy Joann Barnes and Sheriff Bob Wofford in the struggle and also fired at his own girlfriend, Angela Gamblin.

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Deputy Barnes died from her injuries.

Forrest was friends with Ms Smith, who he called ‘Tottie', for 30 years but has expressed no remorse over his crimes - and even blames her for the incident.

“I’m still mad at Tottie,” Forrest said, during an interview for the A&E TV series ‘A Killer Speaks’.

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“She should have kept her word and done what she promised. Then everyone would be happy and alive.”

Forrest also admitted that he is dangerous and uses violence when he feels he has been wronged.

According to court documents, he was charged with three counts of first-degree murder, and the jury found him guilty on all three counts.

The jury subsequently recommended a death sentence for each of the three murders.

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