Missouri halts condemned killer’s scheduled execution after DNA raises questions

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens halted the planned execution of an inmate who maintains his innocence, Protesters are rejoicing.

Governor was sent a small thank you note after a small group of protesters from Kansas City who traveled to the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City on the spot after learning that Greitens is issuing a stay of execution for Marcellus Williams on Tuesday. Williams was convicted of fatally stabbing Lisha Gayle former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter during a 1998 burglary.

Execution of Williams was scheduled at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The governor’s decision was made when Williams’ attorneys provided DNA evidence collected on the murder weapon matched to someone unknown person instead of Williams. Even then Bob McCulloch St. Louis County prosecutor said there’s “zero possibility” he’s innocent.

Greitens confirmed that he will be appointing a five-member board of inquiry in order to make a report concerning whether Williams should be executed as planned or not.

 

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