St. Louis Public Radio News
8:19 am
Wed May 12, 2010

Amnesty International report finds flaws in Missouri capital case

St. Louis – Amnesty International released a report Tuesday documenting flaws in the trial of a Missouri man on death row.

Reginald Clemons was convicted in 1993 in the deaths of Julie and Robin Kerry, who were thrown off the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge in St. Louis.

The Amnesty International report alleges prosecutorial misconduct, police coercion, prejudicial jury selection and ineffective legal counsel for Clemons.

The group's Laura Moye said at the very least Clemons' death sentence should be commuted.

"Your jaw drops," MOye said. "You look at the list of issues and you think why is this man still facing an execution without the state properly addressing all of these injustices in his case."

Last summer the Missouri Supreme Court ordered a special master judge to examine Clemons' case.

That report was expected this week but was delayed after DNA evidence surfaced.

Calls to Nels Moss, the original prosecutor in the case, have not been returned but he has said in previous interviews that he's confident of Clemons' guilt.