Court reverses death sentence for Missouri inmate -

Court reverses death sentence for Missouri inmate

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Missouri Supreme Court has affirmed the murder conviction for Gregory Bowman, but reversed the sentence that put him on death row.
The court ruled Tuesday that St. Louis County jurors should not have heard during the sentencing hearing about Bowman's convictions for killing a 14-year-old girl and a 21-year-old woman in Belleville, Ill., in 1978 because both convictions were overturned.
After Bowman was released from jail in Illinois, St. Louis County police obtained his DNA profile and matched it to the 1977 killing of 16-year-old Velda Rumfelt. Bowman was convicted in that case in December 2009 and sentenced to death.
In the ruling, the Supreme Court remanded the case back to the trial court for re-sentencing.
It wasn't immediately clear if prosecutors would try again for the death penalty.
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