JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Death penalty opponents and the attorney for a man convicted of a 1994 murder-for-hire plot are appealing to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to stop what would be the first execution in the state in nearly two years.
Richard Clay is scheduled to die on Jan. 12. He was convicted of murder in the New Madrid shooting death of Randy Martindale.
A judge threw out Clay's 1995 conviction six years later and ordered a new trial, but an appeals court reinstated the conviction and death sentence in 2004.
Clay's case was one of seven in which appellate judges raised questions about the courtroom conduct of former statewide prosecutor Kenny Hulshof, who later served six terms in Congress.
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