Posted: Jun 26, 2014 10:19 AM by Tori Chamberlain, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
Updated: Jun 26, 2014 2:26 PM
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Attorney General's Office filed a motion Thursday asking a Cole County court to delay the release of Anthony Williams, a St. Louis man whose murder conviction was overturned June 19. People gathered in St. Louis Thursday to rally in support of Williams.
A Cole County judge overturned Williams' conviction last week.
Before his conviction was overturned, Williams was serving a life sentence without parole for the shooting of 14-year-old Cortez Andrews during a post-dance brawl early the morning of December 31, 1993. The Associated Press reports the state presented Courtney Andrews' witness testimony at trial in 1995. Andrews told the jury he had not had any problems with Williams at school and that Williams was the shooter.
The original prime suspect in the case was cleared and Williams was identified in a photo line-up in December 1993. Williams was 14 at the time but stood trial as an adult. A jury found him guilty of first-degree murder.
A Cole County judge threw out Williams' conviction June 19, 2014 citing testimony by the victim's identical twin, linking another suspect to the fatal shooting.
Circuit Judge Daniel Green ruled that Anthony Williams, now 34, must either be released from the Jefferson City Correctional Center within 15 days or allowed to return to St. Louis for another trial should prosecuting attorney Jennifer Joyce refile charges. The Attorney General's Office is now requesting a delay in the process.
[This story has been updated to clarify information about the overturned conviction. The headline has also been changed.]