Marcellus Williams is due to be executed on Tuesday August 22, 2017 despite new DNA evidence supporting his claim to innocence!!! On Tuesday night, the US state of Missouri is planning to execute Marcellus Williams despite a new report from a DNA expert that his lawyers argue supports his claim to innocence.
In 2001, Williams, who is now 48, was convicted of the 1998 killing of Lisha Gayle, but his lawyers say new DNA evidence could exonerate him. The Missouri Supreme Court, however, has refused to review that evidence.
Williams' lawyer, Kent Gipson, has described the Supreme Court's decision as "baffling". "We petitioned the court to look at the new evidence on August 14th, and less than 24 hours later they decided based on the court files that the execution should go ahead anyway. This is unprecedented," Gipson told Al Jazeera.
Those tests showed that the male DNA on the murder weapon, a knife, was not Williams' but belonged to a third, unknown person. "There is no physical evidence, no eyewitnesses that directly connect Williams to the murder, the DNA on the weapon wasn't his, the bloody footprint at the murder scene wasn't from Williams' shoe and was a different size, and the hair fibres found weren't his," said Gipson. "It was someone else that killed Gayle, not Williams." #amerikkka #wakeupblackpeople #weatwar #weallwegot #blackunityisblackpower