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Missouri Supreme Court considering future for KC man who claims innocence in 1996 double murder

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s Supreme Court is now considering what happens next for a Kansas City convicted killer.

Ricky Kidd was sent away nearly 22 years ago for the murders of two men. But all along he has proclaimed his innocence.

If there’s one thing Monica Gray is used to, it’s waiting. She’s been waiting 22 years for Kidd, her long-time boyfriend, to be proven innocent of the two murders.

“They’re giving us injustice,” Gray said. “The system is broken, and it needs to be fixed.”

Gray’s case is in the hands of the Midwest Innocence Project, with a legal team that includes a former Jackson County assistant prosecutor and UMKC law professor.

Although they contend Kidd never should’ve been convicted based on conflicting witness testimony, the only shot to clear his name now is with DNA.

“In our case, we won the DNA motion. We got an order that the DNA be tested

Read more at: http://fox4kc.com/2018/01/10/missouri-supreme-court-considering-future-for-kc-man-who-claims-innocence-in-1996-double-murder/

Adoptive mother of Minnesota girl killed in Missouri asks, ‘What if?’ – TwinCities.com

HOUSTON, Mo. — The adoptive mother of a Minnesota girl whose burned body was found in Missouri this summer said she’s spent the two months since her daughter’s death wondering what she could have done differently to save her.

Savannah Leckie, adopted and raised in Minnesota, was found dead on the property of her biological mother in Missouri. Rebecca Ruud was charged Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, with the girl's murder. (Courtesy of the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center)
Savannah Leckie, adopted and raised in Minnesota, was found dead on the property of her biological mother in Missouri. Rebecca Ruud was charged Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, with the girl’s murder. (Courtesy of the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center)

Tamile Leckie-Montague and her then-husband adopted Savannah when the girl was 2 months old and raised her in Minnesota. Savannah went to live with her biological

Read more at: http://www.twincities.com/2017/09/27/adoptive-mother-of-minnesota-girl-killed-in-missouri-asks-what-if/

Adoptive mother of Minnesota girl killed in Missouri asks, ‘What if … – TwinCities.com

HOUSTON, Mo. — The adoptive mother of a Minnesota girl whose burned body was found in Missouri this summer said she’s spent the two months since her daughter’s death wondering what she could have done differently to save her.

Savannah Leckie, adopted and raised in Minnesota, was found dead on the property of her biological mother in Missouri. Rebecca Ruud was charged Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, with the girl's murder. (Courtesy of the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center)
Savannah Leckie, adopted and raised in Minnesota, was found dead on the property of her biological mother in Missouri. Rebecca Ruud was charged Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, with the girl’s murder. (Courtesy of the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center)

Tamile Leckie-Montague and her then-husband adopted Savannah when the girl was 2 months old and raised her in Minnesota. Savannah went to live with her biological

Read more at: http://www.twincities.com/2017/09/27/adoptive-mother-of-minnesota-girl-killed-in-missouri-asks-what-if/

Missouri death row inmate Marcellus Williams’ fate might be decided by rare state panel

The fate of a Missouri inmate — who narrowly avoided execution Tuesday night — could be decided by an uncommon state panel.

Gov. Eric Greitens plans to convene the rare five-member board in an executive order to stay the execution of Marcellus Williams, citing new DNA evidence in the case.

Greitens, a Republican, invoked a little-used Missouri law that allows governors to convene a review panel to examine all the evidence presented to a jury as well as new nuggets that might’ve emerged.

“It’s not common,” Tricia Bushnell, executive director of the Midwest Innocence Project, a Missouri-based non-profit that pushed for the inquiry, said of calling such a panel.

Governor stays execution of Missouri inmate after new DNA claims

It’s unclear, however, who will be on the committee and when it will report back to the governor.

Williams, 48, was scheduled to be executed Tuesday night, but Greitens ordered

Read more at: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/inmate-marcellus-williams-fate-decided-rare-panel-article-1.3435701

Missouri death row inmate’s fate might be decided by rare state panel

The fate of a Missouri inmate — who narrowly avoided execution Tuesday night — could be decided by an uncommon state panel.

Gov. Eric Greitens plans to convene the rare five-member board in an executive order to stay the execution of Marcellus Williams, citing new DNA evidence in the case.

Greitens, a Republican, invoked a little-used Missouri law that allows governors to convene a review panel to examine all the evidence presented to a jury as well as new nuggets that might’ve emerged.

“It’s not common,” Tricia Bushnell, executive director of the Midwest Innocence Project, a Missouri-based non-profit that pushed for the inquiry, said of calling such a panel.

Governor stays execution of Missouri inmate after new DNA claims

It’s unclear, however, who will be on the committee and when it will report back to the governor.

Williams, 48, was scheduled to be executed Tuesday night, but Greitens ordered

Read more at: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/missouri-death-row-inmate-fate-decided-rare-panel-article-1.3435701

Midwest Innocence Project asks Missouri governor to halt Tuesday’s …

A nonprofit that seeks to overturn wrongful convictions has asked Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to put Tuesday’s scheduled execution on hold.

The Midwest Innocence Project said new DNA evidence presented last week shows Marcellus Williams didn’t kill former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Felicia Gayle in 1998.

Williams’ attorney, Kent Gipson, asked the state Supreme Court last week to consider two new tests, which he said show that Williams’ DNA was not on the knife used in Gayle’s death. The court denied the request for a stay of execution.

 

Updated at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 21 with inmate’s attorney asking U.S. Supreme Court for a stay of execution — A nonprofit that seeks to overturn wrongful convictions has asked Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to put Tuesday’s scheduled execution on hold.

The Midwest Innocence Project said new DNA evidence presented last week shows Marcellus Williams didn’t kill former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Felicia Gayle in 1998.

Williams’ attorney,

Read more at: http://kcur.org/post/midwest-innocence-project-asks-missouri-governor-halt-tuesdays-execution

Midwest Innocence Project asks Missouri governor to halt Tuesday’s execution

A nonprofit that seeks to overturn wrongful convictions has asked Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to put Tuesday’s scheduled execution on hold.

The Midwest Innocence Project says new DNA evidence presented last week shows Marcellus Williams didn’t kill former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Felicia Gayle in 1998.

Williams’ attorney, Kent Gipson, asked the state Supreme Court last week to consider two new tests, which he said show that Williams’ DNA was not on the knife used in Gayle’s death. The court denied the request for a stay of execution.

Midwest Innocence Project Director Tricia Bushnell told St. Louis Public Radio on Sunday that the organization wants Greitens to appoint a board of inquiry to look into the new evidence.

“This is a case that has so many questions in it, and the reality is, Mr. Williams has DNA evidence that says it is not him on the murder weapon, and no one

Read more at: http://kcur.org/post/midwest-innocence-project-asks-missouri-governor-halt-tuesdays-execution

Midwest Innocence Project asks Missouri governor to halt Tuesday’s execution

A nonprofit that seeks to overturn wrongful convictions has asked Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to put Tuesday’s scheduled execution on hold.

The Midwest Innocence Project says new DNA evidence presented last week shows Marcellus Williams didn’t kill former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Felicia Gayle in 1998.

Williams’ attorney, Kent Gipson, asked the state Supreme Court last week to consider two new tests, which he said show that Williams’ DNA was not on the knife used in Gayle’s death. The court denied the request for a stay of execution.

Midwest Innocence Project Director Tricia Bushnell told St. Louis Public Radio on Sunday that the organization wants Greitens to appoint a board of inquiry to look into the new evidence.

“This is a case that has so many questions in it, and the reality is, Mr. Williams has DNA evidence that says it is not him on the murder weapon, and no one has

Read more at: http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/midwest-innocence-project-asks-missouri-governor-halt-tuesdays-execution

Midwest Innocence Project asks Missouri governor to halt Tuesday’s …

A nonprofit that seeks to overturn wrongful convictions has asked Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to put Tuesday’s scheduled execution on hold.

The Midwest Innocence Project says new DNA evidence presented last week shows Marcellus Williams didn’t kill former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Felicia Gayle in 1998.

Williams’ attorney, Kent Gipson, asked the state Supreme Court last week to consider two new tests, which he said show that Williams’ DNA was not on the knife used in Gayle’s death. The court denied the request for a stay of execution.

Midwest Innocence Project Director Tricia Bushnell told St. Louis Public Radio on Sunday that the organization wants Greitens to appoint a board of inquiry to look into the new evidence.

“This is a case that has so many questions in it, and the reality is, Mr. Williams has DNA evidence that says it is not him on the murder weapon, and no one has

Read more at: http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/midwest-innocence-project-asks-missouri-governor-halt-tuesdays-execution