Loved Ones and Supporters Urge Governor to Keep Richard Clay Alive

6 years 11 months 1 week ago Tuesday, January 04 2011 Jan 4, 2011 Tuesday, January 04, 2011 7:45:39 PM CST January 04, 2011 in News
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JEFFERSON CITY - Friends and family of a convicted murderer asked Gov. Nixon Tuesday to give him a break. They want the governor to grant clemency to Richard Clay who is schedule for execution January 12th. Clay's son said it's not about whether the death penalty is right or wrong, it's about fair justice.

"I'm not here to say whether or not Missouri should keep the death penalty. I'm saying killing an innocent man is not right," said Kiefer Clay.

Richard Clay was sentenced to death for the 1994 murder of Randy Martindale in New Madrid.  His wife Stacey, was there and convicted of second-degree murder. She was sentenced to 15 years in prison and is now free.

Gov. Nixon released this statement regarding Clay: "Once the application is received, the Governor will make a determination after a full and fair review."

Clay's attorney said there was some evidence hidden that could have convinced the jury Clay is an innocent man. "It's troubling because he's innocent of this crime and even if he wasn't innocent, it would be troubling that conviction and a death sentence will be carried out because of Kenny Hulshof."

Former Congressman Kenny Hulshof helped prosecute when he was with the Missouri Attorney General.  This is one of several cases that challenge Hulshof's courtroom practices. Hulshof has not returned KOMU telephone calls.

New Madrid County Prosecutor at the time -- Riley Bock -- also has not responded to our questions.


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