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Missouri set to execute convicted killer despite new evidence

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 01:07

Missouri is set to execute death row inmate Marcellus Williams, convicted of killing a former reporter in 1998, despite new evidence his attorney says proves his innocence. Linda So reports.

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Missouri is set to execute death row inmate Marcellus Williams, despite new evidence his attorney says proves he's innocent. SOUNDBITE: KENT GIPSON, WILLIAMS' ATTORNEY, SAYING: "How innocent do you have to be to avoid being executed." Williams was convicted in the 1998 death of Felicia Gayle, a former reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper. She was found stabbed 43 times inside her home. Williams' lawyer has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the execution scheduled for Tuesday night based on new evidence that was not available at the time of the killing. That evidence, his lawyer argues, shows Williams' DNA was not found on the murder weapon. SOUNDBITE: KENT GIPSON, WILLIAMS' ATTORNEY, SAYING: "Any fair-minded person could look at this and say, 'I don't think this guy is guilty.'" The Missouri Attorney General's Office rejects the lawyer's claims saying Williams' guilt was proven without DNA evidence and the execution should go on as planned. Williams has maintained his innocence. Nearly 170-thousand people have signed an online petition urging the governor to issue Williams clemency.

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Missouri set to execute convicted killer despite new evidence

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 01:07