Court won't reconsider ruling involving Cape jury

Wednesday, June 26, 2002

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to reconsider its earlier ruling upholding death row inmate Terrance L. Anderson's convictions for a 1997 double slaying in Poplar Bluff.

The court unanimously ruled last month that jury selection procedures in Cape Girardeau County, where Anderson was tried, were not faulty and that the defendant received a fair trial. Anderson's attorneys claimed too few blacks were selected for the jury pool. The court found that the percentage of blacks in the jury pool exceeded that of Cape Girardeau County's population. Anderson is black.

The high court also held that the trial judge committed no errors that should result in the his convictions or sentences being overturned.

The court rejected Anderson's motion for rehearing without comment. Anderson can still pursue appeals in federal court.

The jury convicted Anderson of two counts of first-degree murder for the July 15, 1997, shooting deaths of Stephen and Deborah Rainwater in their Poplar Bluff home. The Rainwaters were the grandparents of Anderson's then-infant daughter.

Anderson was sentenced to death for Deborah Rainwater's slaying and life without possibility of parole for killing Stephen Rainwater.

Anderson, 26, is incarcerated at the Potosi Correctional Center.

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