MO Supreme Court supports circuit court ruling in death penalty appeal
JEFFERSON CITY - The Supreme Court of Missouri upheld the decision by a lower court regarding the sentence in a double murder case from Randolph County.
In a ruling handed down Tuesday, the Supreme Court decided in favor of the circuit court in a challenge by convicted killer Michael Tisius, who was sentenced to death for the double murder. In its ruling, the higher court said the circuit court had made no mistake in its ruling determining Tisius' counsel was not ineffective during his appeal of his sentence.
"[The circuit court's] actions were reasonable strategy," the Supreme Court said in its ruling. "[Tisius] did not show a reasonable probability the result of his penalty phase retrial would have been different had counsel acted differently."
In June 2000, Tisius shot and killed two guards at the Randolph County Jail as he tried to free a former cellmate. In 2010, Tisius was granted a new penalty phase, but was sentenced to death. The state Supreme Court upheld that ruling; the circuit court's ruling came after Tisius sought post-conviction relief.