Joseph M. L. Gardner


Age: 38

South Carolina man who was convicted in the 1992 kidnapping, rape, and murder of 25-year-old Melissa "Missi" McLauchlin after police said Gardner and his co-defendants decided to kill a white woman as retribution for slavery.

Cause of Death: Executed by lethal injection

Born: January 15, 1970

Died: December 5, 2008

Columbia, South Carolina