JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KDKZ-TV)The fate of a Missouri death row inmate whose execution was halted last year after DNA evidence raised questions about his case is on hold as a result of former Gov. Eric Greitens’ resignation.
49-year-old Marcellus Williams was hours away from being put to death in August when Greitens halted the execution. Williams was convicted of fatally stabbing former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Lisha Gayle during a 1998 burglary at her suburban St. Louis home, but DNA evidence found on the murder weapon matched another unknown person.
Greitens, a Republican, appointed a board of inquiry made up of five retired judges to look into the case. The board was scheduled to meet Tuesday in the governor’s office but canceled, citing confusion about whether its authority continues after Greitens resigned last week.
It’s unclear whether Gov. Mike Parson will keep the inquiry board intact.
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