A death row inmate from St. Louis, Missouri has received support from Amnesty International, which has filed an appeal on his behalf.
According to an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the nonprofit organization’s appeal claims that the man was beaten by police and received an unfair trial. The prisoner had been convicted for the murder of two people at the Chain of Rocks Bridge, an incident from 1991.
The man’s cousin received a police department settlement after filing a civil rights lawsuit alleging that the police beat him. The current criminal court appeal seeks to remove the man’s death sentence, claiming that he was convicted as an accomplice.
Amnesty International also said the prosecution stacked the jury against his client, creating a bias in favor of conviction.
The campaign to undo the man’s death sentence has run for several years. A website created to protest his punishment insists that reasonable doubt — including a lack of physical evidence — should have made the jury and judges think twice before resorting to the death penalty.
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