ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch says he is confident that a board of inquiry will confirm that the conviction and death penalty are appropriate for a condemned inmate whose life was spared hours before he was scheduled to die.
Marcellus Williams was set to be executed Tuesday evening for fatally stabbing Lisha Gayle during a 1998 burglary at her suburban St. Louis home. But Republican Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens granted a stay of execution after Williams’ attorneys cited DNA evidence found on the murder weapon that matched another unknown person, but not Williams.
Greitens says he will appoint a five-member board of inquiry to recommend whether Williams should be executed.
McCulloch said in a statement that courts have repeatedly upheld Williams’ conviction and sentence.
Kent Gipson, Williams’ attorney, called the governor’s decision “the appropriate thing to do.”