Amnesty International backs Missouri death-row inmate; case under review

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

ST. LOUIS -- A human-rights group wants a Missouri inmate freed from death row, insisting the legal process failed him in the 1991 St. Louis-area bridge killings of two sisters.

KMOX reported that Amnesty International thinks Reginald Clemons' sentence should at least be commuted to life behind bars.

Clemons has always maintained his innocence in the killings of Julie and Robin Kerry.

Amnesty's Laura Moye said no physical evidence links Clemons to the crimes. She argued racial bias may have played a role in his conviction; the victims were white and the defendants were black.

A judge serving as a special master is reviewing the case.

Clemons' mother, Vera Thomas, said her son is a victim of "a serious miscarriage of justice," and that "justice will prevail."

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