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MO Supreme Court Throws Out Three Death Sentences

By AP/KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday took three inmates off death row because judges, not juries, sentenced them to death.

That ruling is in line with a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year. Antonio Richardson, Andre Morrow, and Keith Smith will now serve life in prison.

Richardson's execution had already been put on hold by the U.S. Supreme Court. He was just 16 when he killed two sisters by throwing them off the Chain of Rocks Bridge in St. Louis in 1991.

Morrow was sentenced to death for a 1994 murder during an attempted car-jacking in a St. Louis County parking lot.

Smith faced execution for killing a Kansas City minister's 78-year-old housekeeper.

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