Judge: Clemons Failed to Prove Innocence
ST. LOUIS (AP) – A special review by a judge has found flaws in the prosecution of death row inmate Reginald Clemons. But Judge Michael Manners says Clemons failed to prove his innocence.
Manners, who retired last month as a circuit judge in Jackson County, reviewed the case at the request of the Missouri Supreme Court. His review, announced Wednesday, goes back to the state’s high court, which will consider Clemons’ appeal.
Twenty-year-old Julie Kerry and her 19-year-old sister, Robin, were with their male cousin on the abandoned Chain of Rocks Bridge in St. Louis in 1991 when they happened upon Clemons and three other men.
The men were convicted of raping and killing the young women. The sisters and their cousin, Thomas Cummins, were pushed off the bridge into the river. Cummins survived.
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