Death row inmate’s execution put on hold with just hours to spare when vital new DNA evidence emerges

Marcellus Williams, 48, was convicted of killing a newspaper reporter in 2001, but now the governor of the US state of Missouri has ordered an inquiry in light of new information.

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.

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Source:  The Mirror

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.