Hearing on Monday for Reggie Clemons in Missouri
Jill L Francke
In a surprising move, Reggie Clemons has been granted a hearing to gather new evidence in his case. The hearing is scheduled for Monday, September 17th in St. Louis. Clemons, who was originally sentenced to death as an accomplice in the murders of Julie and Robin Kerry in 1991, has always proclaimed his innocence.
As we approach the one year anniversary of the execution of Troy Davis in Georgia, many have raised concerns over the similarities between the cases against Davis and Clemons. “A teen-age, African-American suspect. White murder victims. No physical evidence. Recanted eyewitness testimony. A guilty verdict, a death sentence and much doubt. We've been down this road before with the execution of Troy Davis,” wrote Richard Stack, a native of Missouri and professor at American University, in an op-ed earlier this year.
According to St. Louis University Law Professor Michael Wolff, the hearing could lead to one of four outcomes for Clemons. “One result, he could say Clemons should be released,” Wolff said. “Another, he could say there were defects in the trial; grant him a new trial. He could suggest vacating the death penalty and leaving Clemons in prison for the rest of his life. The fourth thing is he could recommend they do nothing.”
If the judge does not recommend any action in the case, Clemons will again be eligible to receive an execution date. You can sign our petition calling on authorities to stop this execution at www.ejusa.org/act/Clemons.
Supporters of Clemons will be holding a rally in St. Louis on Saturday, September 15th from noon to 3pm.