The execution of convicted murderer held on death row for 16 years was halted with just hours to spare after new DNA evidence was found.
Marcellus Williams was being prepared to be put to death for the killing of a former newspaper reporter when he was granted a stay by Missouri Governor Eric Greitens.
“A sentence of death is the ultimate, permanent punishment,” he said in a statement.
“To carry out the death penalty, the people of Missouri must have confidence in the judgment of guilt. In light of new information, I am appointing a Board of Inquiry in this case.”
The execution of the 48-year-old had been scheduled for Tuesday evening but was stopped when his legal team said that DNA evidence unavailable during his 2001 trial proved his innocence.
Greitens’ office had argued the execution should go ahead, saying it didn’t overcome the non-DNA evidence that connected him to Felicia Gayle’s death.
Source: The Mirror