St. Louis Public Radio News
10:32 am
Tue April 29, 2003

High Court Overturns Murder Conviction

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Supreme Court has overturned
the murder conviction of death row inmate Joseph Amrine.

The court, by a 4-to-3 majority, ruled that the evidence indicates Amrine did NOT kill a fellow inmate in 1985.

In fact, the judge writing for the majority says there is no credible evidence at all to support Amrine's conviction.

The court ordered the Kansas City man to be released within 30 days, unless the state files new murder charges against him.

Amrine was sentenced to death for the fatal stabbing of Gary Barber in a recreation room at the state prison in Jefferson City. He has always maintained his innocence.

The four who voted to overturn were appointed by Democratic governors, while the three who dissented were appointed by
Republicans.