Tag: death row

Missouri’s Supreme Court announces execution date for death row inmate

The Supreme Court of Missouri on Tuesday has issued an execution order for a man who murdered his ex-girlfriend’s lover in 1996. Russell Bucklew, who killed romantic rival, Michael Sanders, after he followed his ex-girlfriend, Stephanie Ray to her and Sanders’ trailer home in Cape Girardeau County. Bucklew shot Sanders to death in front of his young sons before kidnapping and raping Ray at gunpoint. In 2014, the United States Supreme Court halted the execution of […]

Prosecutor McColluch stands by original court decisions to sentence Williams to death

Following Gov. Greiten’s order to stay the execution of Marcellus Williams Tuesday, St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch issued a statement standing by the judges, jury, and courts that imposed the death sentence for murder. “Marcellus Williams was convicted by a St. Louis County jury of the 1998 murder of Lisha Gayle,” McCulloch said in a written statement. “The same jury, after hearing and considering all of the evidence declared his punishment to be death […]

Governor Greitens issues stay of execution, appoints Gubernatorial Board of Inquiry in Marcellus Williams Case

Gov. Eric Greitens has issued a stay of execution for Marcellus Williams, who was convicted n 2001 in the murder of Felicia Gayle, 42, according to a press release from Greitens’ office. Williams was sentenced to death for the crime, but DNA testing of the murder weapon in 2016 was inconclusive. In furtherance of the Governor’s constitutional power to grant pardons and executive clemency, state law gives the Governor exclusive discretion to appoint a Board […]