ST. LOUIS – A death row inmate took the stand Wednesday as he attempted to receive a new trial for the 1991 murders of two St. Louis sisters.
Reginald Clemons is one of four people convicted in the murders of Julie and Robin Kerry on the old Chain of Rocks Bridge on April 5, 1991 in St. Louis.
Clemons’ lawyer is asking that his death sentence be commuted and that he receive a new trial, citing allegations that police beat a rape confession out of Clemons, and other problems.
Clemons, who’s been on Missouri’s death row for nearly 20 years, took the stand around 9 a.m. to testify before a specially-appointed judge who will issue a report to the Missouri Supreme Court.
On the stand, he repeatedly said he was beaten and coerced to confess to the crime. Clemons also said he heard screams of “help me” from an interview room next door.
As he passed the room, Clemons said he saw Marlon Gray, who has already been executed for his involvement in the crimes.
After Clemons got off the stand, the prosecution attempted to poke holes in his testimony. One of the items admitted into evidence was the original recorded confession.
Assistant Attorney General Sue Boresi questioned Clemons about the crime after playing the chilling audiotape confession. Clemons is meeting with his attorneys to decide whether to answer questions about the crime.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.