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Marcellus Williams says stay of execution is "Allah's will": Lawyer

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 01:41

With the execution of convicted murderer Marcellus Williams now on hold, his lawyer maintains that DNA found on the knife used to kill a woman during a 1988 burglary matches that of the real killer - not Williams. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Marcellus Williams' lawyer Kent Gipson says his client is an innocent man. "The male DNA profile that was developed on the knife that does not match Marcellus would have to have been the actual murderer," said Gipson during an interview on Tuesday (August 22). Missouri Governor Eric Greitens halted the execution of Marcellus Williams, 48, scheduled to be put to death on Tuesday for killing a woman during a burglary after his attorneys argued that recent DNA evidence showed he is innocent. Greitens issued the stay of execution for Williams just over four hours before he was scheduled to die by lethal injection in a Bonne Terre state prison for the stabbing death of former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Felicia Gayle during an August 1998 robbery at her home. Greitens said in a statement he would appoint a Board of Inquiry to examine the new DNA evidence and recommend whether he should commute Williams' death sentence. "I was first appointed by the courts to represent Marcellus in 2006. We've been trying for all that time to get this DNA testing done based on new technology," says Gipson. The stay came as opposition to the execution mounted. More than 200,000 people had signed an online petition asking Greitens to intervene, and a rally protesting the execution was planned in St. Louis later on Tuesday, featuring speakers such as the head of the Missouri NAACP.

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Marcellus Williams says stay of execution is "Allah's will": Lawyer

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 01:41