Missouri Supreme Court vacates execution order for ex-jailer

3 years 1 month 1 week ago Thursday, April 09 2015 Apr 9, 2015 Thursday, April 09, 2015 7:06:46 AM CDT April 09, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The Missouri Supreme Court has vacated an execution order for a former St. Louis jailer convicted of hiring someone to kill his ex-wife in 2000.

The high court announced late Wednesday that it was withdrawing the order for 51-year-old Kimber Edwards. The news release did not explain the decision.

Edwards had been scheduled to be executed May 12.

Edwards was convicted of hiring Orthell Wilson to kill 35-year-old Kimberly Cantrell in August 2000 in her apartment in University City. Prosecutors said Edwards wanted Cantrell dead so he didn't have to pay child support.

Wilson pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in Cantrell's death and was sentenced to life in prison.

Edwards contended he was framed and had no motive because the couple had worked out a child support agreement.

 

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