Mo. Governor Stays Execution of Convicted Inmate Amidst New DNA Evidence That May Prove His Innocence

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has issued a stay of execution in the case of a Marcellus Williams, who was scheduled to to die on Tuesday, possibly saving the life of an innocent man, for now.

According to CNN, Greitens also appointed a board to further consider Williams’ case. William was convicted in the murder of a local reporter and was scheduled to die at 7 p.m. eastern time on Tuesday, but his attorneys have continue to maintain their client’s innocence, pointing to new DNA evidence that they say prove Williams could not have committed the crime.

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“A sentence of death is the ultimate, permanent punishment,” Greitens 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.”

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