Execution in US cancelled due to new DNA evidence
The governor of Missouri, Eric Greitens last Tuesday at the last moment the execution is stopped after the lawyers of the convicted defendant new evidence had proposed.
The 48-year-old Marcellus Williams would be put to death for the murder of a woman during a burglary in her home in August 1998. Thanks to improved DNA technology has proven that he is the offender is.
Greitens decided the execution will be cancelled four hours before Williams a lethal injection would be given. He will be a committee formed that will examine the petition for clemency from Williams.
The judge sentenced him in 2001 to death because he is the victim 43 times would have stabbed with a knife. Now it is established that the murder of an unknown man and hairs on the body are found also not of Williams.
The reprieve was the highlight of the opposition to the death penalty. More than two hundred thousand people had a petition signed that Greitens was asked to intervene. In Saint Louis was on Tuesday of a protest planned.