Missouri Court Throws out Guilty Pleas in Murder Case
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Missouri Court of Appeals has thrown out the guilty pleas of a defendant in a St. Louis homicide.
Willie Douglas pleaded guilty in 2010 to second-degree murder and armed criminal action as an accomplice in the 2008 shooting death of Cortez Johnson. Douglas also pleaded guilty to several other criminal charges and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
The Court of Appeals' Eastern District ruled Tuesday there was insufficient factual basis for the guilty pleas to murder and armed criminal action. The court vacated the two pleas and sent the case back to the trial court.