JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) –  Death penalty opponents and the attorney for a man convicted and sentenced to
death in a 1994 murder-for-hire plot are asking Gov. Jay Nixon to stop what would be Missouri’s first execution in nearly two years.

Richard Clay is scheduled to die on Jan. 12 for the slaying of Randy Martindale.

Prosecutors say Clay killed the Missouri Bootheel car dealer at the request of Stacy Martindale, who was having an
affair with a friend of Clay’s.

A federal judge threw out Clay’s 1995 conviction six years later and ordered a new trial, but an appeals court reinstated the conviction and death sentence in 2004.

Clay’s case was one of seven in which judges found prosecutorial misconduct, overturned convictions on appeal or raised questions bout the courtroom tactics of former statewide prosecutor Kenny Hulshof, a Republican who later served six terms in Congress and ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2008 against Nixon – his former boss as attorney general.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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