Nixon set to detail why he spared death-row inmate - KMOV.com

Nixon set to detail why he spared death-row inmate

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Three days after sparing a Missouri death-row inmate's life, Governor Jay Nixon appears ready to explain why he did it.
  
During a visit Thursday to St. Louis, the governor is expected to discuss his reasons for commuting 45-year-old Richard Clay's death sentence to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
  
Nixon made the move Monday, a little more than a day before Clay was to be executed in the 1994 southeastern Missouri killing of Randy Martindale.
  
Clay has professed his innocence. In commuting his sentence, Nixon said in a statement he was convinced of Clay's involvement in the killing and found the evidence supported the jury's verdict of first-degree murder.
  
Clay's attorney has said she will continue pushing for a new trial for Clay.
  
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