Bron: http://www.independent.co(...)orsuch-a7906321.htmlquote:A death row inmate in the US state of Missouri is about to be executed – despite new DNA evidence suggesting he is innocent.
Marcellus Williams, now 48, was found guilty of the August 1998 murder of Lisha Gayle, 42, at home in St Louis. He was convicted and sentenced to death three years later.
He is scheduled to be killed by lethal injection at 6pm on Tuesday (12am GMT).
However, new evidence suggests Williams may be innocent, as DNA found on the knife used to kill Ms Gayle does not match his.
Prosecutors claim Williams was burgling his victim’s home when she discovered him and he stabbed her repeatedly. He has always maintained his innocence.
Williams’ lawyers have now asked the US Supreme Court to intervene in a desperate final bid to stop his execution. They are also appealing to Missouri’s Republican governor, Eric Greitens, to grant him clemency.
His legal team says technology not available during the initial investigation shows DNA found on the murder weapon matches that of an unknown male and not Williams.
His lawyer, Kent Gimpson, told Al Jazeera: "We petitioned the court to look at the new evidence on August 14th, and less than 24 hours later they decided based on the court files that the execution should go ahead anyway. This is unprecedented.
"There is no physical evidence, no eyewitnesses that directly connect Williams to the murder, the DNA on the weapon wasn't his, the bloody footprint at the murder scene wasn't from Williams' shoe and was a different size, and the hair fibres found weren't his.
“It was someone else that killed Gayle, not Williams."
Supporters have also argued that Williams’ lawyer during his initial trial was inundated with work and did not have enough time to prepare their case – something the attorney himself has admitted. He asked for the trial to be postponed but the court denied the request.
In 2015 the Missouri Supreme Court delayed Williams’ execution to allow for further DNA testing, but despite the new evidence it ruled last week that the killing should go ahead. Williams’ legal team is requesting a new hearing or for his sentence to be reduced to life in prison.
The case will now be heard by US Supreme Court judge Neil Gorsuch, who was nominated by Donald Trump in January and serves as the judge for the 8th US Circuit Court of Appeals, which includes Missouri.
Missouri prosecutors say they have enough evidence to show Williams is guilty of murdering Ms Gayle, a former journalist who later moved into voluntary work. They say he sold her laptop after the killing and confessed to the murder to two different people.
These two witnesses formed the core of the case against Williams but his lawyers say the pair – one a cell mate and the other a crack-addicted prostitute who had a relationship with Williams - were motivated by a financial reward offered by Ms Gayle’s family to anyone with information leading to a conviction. Both reportedly received money after the trial.
Williams’ supporters also highlight the racial inequality in the US that means black defendants are much more likely to be sentenced to death than white defendants, especially if the victim is white, as Ms Gayle was.
The pool of possible jurors in Williams’ trial included seven African Americas but all but one were blocked by the prosecution, leaving a jury that consisted of 11 white people and just one black one, despite almost half of St Louis inhabitants being black.
Hij is veroordeeld vanwege die moord, niet iets anders. Er is bewijs dat hij het niet heeft gedaan. Dus waarom zo'n reactie? Vind dat nogal vreemd.quote:
Jury's en rechters hebben volgens mij een vergelijkbaar foutenpercentage en ze gaan bovendien niet over de strafmaat. Ook in Nederland hebben we extreem lange celstraffen gehad die later onterecht bleken.quote:
Gaan we mensen executeren gebaseerd op jouw onderbuik ja?quote:
quote:Marcellus Williams execution delayed after DNA test raises question about his guilt
His fate now rests in the hands of the US Supreme Court
Missouri Governor Eric Geitens has delayed the execution of Marcellus Williams after DNA evidence has come to light in the murder case of Lisha Gayle.
He was scheduled to be killed by lethal injection at 6pm on Tuesday (12am GMT).
The Missouri Supreme Court had delayed his execution in 2015 to allow for further DNA testing, but the state was planning to proceed with it despite the new evidence.
Gewoon de gezellige oom...quote:In addition to the murder conviction, Mr Williams is also serving consecutive terms of life in prison for robbery and 30 years each for burglary and weapons crimes.
Dus zijn DNA zat wel degelijk op het moordwapen...quote:Genetic testing done in December 2016, not available at the time of death, showed an unknown third person's DNA on the murder weapon other than that of Mr Williams and Ms Gayle.
Gouverneur van Missouri Eric Greitensquote:"A sentence of death is the ultimate, permanent punishment," Greitens said in his statement. "To carry out the death penalty, the people of Missouri must have confidence in the judgment of guilt."
Is deze foto het bewijs dat hij schuldig is?quote:
Fiks strafblad, en overbelasting op de samenleving. Als je hem laat inslapen spaart dat de belasti gbetaler veel zuurverdiende centjes en kan hij ook niet lekker iedere dag aan de playstation terwijl oudjes liggen te creperen.quote:
quote:Case Facts: On August 11, 1998, Williams drove his grandfather’s Buick LeSabre to a bus stop and caught a bus to University City. Once there, he began looking for a house to break into. Williams came across the home of Felicia Gayle. He knocked on the front door but no one answered. Williams then knocked out a window pane near the door, reached in, unlocked the door, and entered Gayle’s home. He went to the second floor and heard water running in the shower. It was Gayle. Williams went back downstairs, rummaged through the kitchen, found a large butcher knife, and waited.
Gayle left the shower and called out, asking if anyone was there. She came down the stairs. Williams attacked, stabbing and cutting Gayle forty-three times, inflicting seven fatal wounds.
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Inslapen?! Doodstraf heet zoiets. En jouw posts mbt African Americans hebben (firumbreed) echt een heel vies luchtje..quote:
Als dat fikse strafblad m.u.v. het twijfelachtige deel geen reden is tot doodstraf mag die simpelweg niet gegeven worden.quote:
Het is een koudbloedig monster en we kunnen hem als kiespijn missen. Kijk maar hoeveel mensen hij heeft neergestoken en getraumatiseerd. Ik gun hem het licht van de dag niet om eerlijk te zijn.quote:Op woensdag 23 augustus 2017 00:58 schreef KreKkeR het volgende:
Als dat fikse strafblad m.u.v. het twijfelachtige deel geen reden is tot doodstraf mag die simpelweg niet gegeven worden.
Pietje is niet schuldig aan X, maar wel aan Y, dus laten hem maar voor X straffen...
En nee, ik beweer niet dat de man onschuldig is aan de moord, dat weet ik niet. Maar ALS dat het geval is mag hij simpelweg niet daarvoor gestraft worden puur omdat hij voor andere zaken wel terecht is veroordeeld... Dat zou wat zijn.
Nee, als er "also" had gestaan zou het duidelijk zijn, nu niet. En verder wordt er gezegd (weliswaar door z'n advocaat) "no physical evidence, no eyewitnesses that directly connect Williams to the murder"quote:
quote:Genetic testing done in December 2016, not available at the time of death, showed an unknown third person's DNA on the murder weapon other than that of Mr Williams and Ms Gayle.
Lawyer Kent Gipson also cited previous DNA testing of hairs found from Gayle's shirt and fingernails that also excluded Williams, and said footprints at the scene did not match Williams.
The conviction was based on the testimony of two convicted felons - Henry Cole and Laura Asaro - who were set to receive $10,000 as a reward from the victim's family for information on the case, according to Mr Gipson.
Ms Asaro was Mr Williams' former girlfriend who said she saw scratches on the back of his neck following Ms Gayle's death. She also said she saw Ms Gayle's driver's licence with Mr Williams, however that document was found by police among items in Ms Gayle's home.
Mr Cole was a former cellmate from when Mr Williams was first taken into police custody on suspicion of his role in Ms Gayle's death. He said Mr Williams had confessed the murder to him.
"There is no physical evidence, no eyewitnesses that directly connect Williams to the murder, the DNA on the weapon wasn't his, the bloody footprint at the murder scene wasn't from Williams' shoe and was a different size, and the hair fibres found weren't his," he told Al Jazeera.
Die derde persoon is dus degene die het keukenmes in de houder stak en wegging.quote:Op woensdag 23 augustus 2017 04:02 schreef crystal_meth het volgende:
Nee, als er "also" had gestaan zou het duidelijk zijn, nu niet. En verder wordt er gezegd (weliswaar door z'n advocaat) "no physical evidence, no eyewitnesses that directly connect Williams to the murder"
Op het eerste zicht lijken er wel gronden voor twijfel, vooral de vraag of de 2 getuigen niet betrokken waren.