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St. Louis Circuit Attorney will retry Reginald Clemons

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The Missouri Supreme Court tossed out the first-degree murder convictions for Reginald Clemons, who had been on death row for an infamous 1991 double-homicide. The Missouri Supreme Court tossed out the first-degree murder convictions for Reginald Clemons, who had been on death row for an infamous 1991 double-homicide.

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Nearly three months after his murder convictions were overturned by the Missouri Supreme Court, Reginald Clemons will be retried.

The St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office believes modern DNA testing supports the prosecution’s original case against Clemons in the alleged rape and murder of sisters Julie and Robin Kerry by pushing them off the old Chain of Rocks Bridge in St. Louis in 1991.

Jennifer Joyce, St. Louis Circuit Attorney said, "I believe that the case against Mr. Clemons is stronger now than it was in 1993." 

According to court documents, testing found Clemons' DNA profile on evidence from the scene with a rarity profile of one in nearly 17,000 African American individuals. 

Clemons was one of four people convicted in the case and in 1993, was sentenced to death on two counts of first-degree murder.

Two of the other men convicted also received the death sentence. Of those two, one was executed in 2005 and the other had his sentence reduced to life without parole.

The fourth man convicted received 30 years due to his cooperation with prosecutors and testimony at trial. Clemons and the others were sentenced to death.

Over his 20 years on death row, Clemons has been fighting those convictions. He has maintained his innocence and testified that he was beaten and coerced into confessing to the crime.

The court overturned the murder convictions in a 4-3 vote on November 24, 2015 and ordered the case back to the circuit court, which would be allowed a 60 day window to retry Clemons before the case was dismissed. That date came over the weekend. The new trial also allows prosecutors to being other other charges against Clemons. He is also now accused of rape and robbery,

Clemons is currently serving time for a 2007 assault on a state prison employee. He was sentenced to 15 years for that crime.

Justice for Reggie, an organization that has been fighting from Clemons' innocence released a brief statement about the retrial: 

"We're disappointed with today's decision by the State of Missouri to proceed with a new trial for Reggie Clemons. We remain committed to Reggie's struggle for the truth and justice."

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