Missouri Department of Corrections

Victim's Son Starts Movement for Murderer to Donate Organs

April 06, 2018 - 8:10 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Russell Bucklew is on Missouri’s death row. He’s been granted a stay of execution several times because of a rare disease - cavernous hemangioma - which his lawyers say would make execution very painful.

Zach Sanders wonders if Bucklew would like to donate his body to science in hopes that a cure for the disease could be found. Bucklew murdered Zach's father, Michael Sanders, 22 years ago.

“I’ve reached out to Mr. Bucklew’s legal team and I figured that would be the best place to start off because if we could come to an understanding about each other then obviously this will go further,” he says.

Zach is supporting Missouri House Bill 2198, which would direct the Department of Corrections to allow inmates to donate their organs.

He says while there's no law currently prohibiting inmates from doing it, the DOC routinely denies those requests.

“They could actually save a life, and that is something some inmates are wanting, something that they can give back to society,” Sanders says.