Records Show Many Asked Governor to Spare Richard Clay's Life

7 years 4 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, February 16 2011 Feb 16, 2011 Wednesday, February 16, 2011 9:42:43 PM CST February 16, 2011 in Continuous News
By: Hillary Mullin

JEFFERSON CITY - New details emerged Wednesday on a Target 8 investigation KOMU has been following for the last couple of months. In early January, Governor Jay Nixon spared the life of convicted killer Richard Clay. Nixon has stayed mostly silent about why he commuted Clay's death sentence, but did say he still believes Clay is guilty. Records released Wednesday by the Associated Press show hundreds of people asked Nixon to reconsider Clay's death sentence.

The records show Nixon's office received more than 300 phone calls, 200 petition signatures and 175 emails, letters and faxes. The records show that many concerns came from Missouri residents who do support the death penalty but said they question Clay's guilt.

Clay was supposed to die by lethal injection last month for the 1994 murder of Randy Martindale from New Madrid. The Missouri Supreme Court and the 8th District Circuit Court have upheld Clay's conviction, but Clay maintains his innocence. Court documents show there is no physical evidence linking Clay to the crime scene. Prosecutors relied on witness testimonies and crime scene analysis to convict Clay in 1995. Police never found the murder weapon.

Clay's parents said even Martindale's best friend made efforts to support Clay's innocence.

"He said 'My heart said I had to do something because I don't want to see an innocent man put to death," Tommy Cox, Clay's father, said.

A spokesman for Nixon said Wednesday the letters and emails did not play as prominent of a role in Nixon's decision to commute Clay's sentence as the trial transcripts and court files. This is the first execution Nixon has commuted since taking office and only the third time a Governor spared the life on an inmate since 1977 when Missouri reinstated the death penalty.

 

More News

Grid
List
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Authorities shot and killed a man suspected of shooting three Kansas City police officers, a newspaper... More >>
3 hours ago Sunday, July 15 2018 Jul 15, 2018 Sunday, July 15, 2018 1:34:00 PM CDT July 15, 2018 in News
CHICAGO (AP) — Footage from body cameras and surveillance cameras shows that a man who was shot and killed by... More >>
5 hours ago Sunday, July 15 2018 Jul 15, 2018 Sunday, July 15, 2018 11:07:56 AM CDT July 15, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A proposed ballot initiative aims to replace Missouri's system for drawing state legislative districts with a... More >>
5 hours ago Sunday, July 15 2018 Jul 15, 2018 Sunday, July 15, 2018 10:46:43 AM CDT July 15, 2018 in News
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The amount of water being released into the lower Missouri River will likely remain above normal... More >>
6 hours ago Sunday, July 15 2018 Jul 15, 2018 Sunday, July 15, 2018 10:27:00 AM CDT July 15, 2018 in News
MORGAN COUNTY - 37-year-old Brett Davidson of Clarksville, Tennessee was pronounced dead after drowning in the Lake of the Ozarks,... More >>
6 hours ago Sunday, July 15 2018 Jul 15, 2018 Sunday, July 15, 2018 9:53:00 AM CDT July 15, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- Senator Claire McCaskill and Attorney General Josh Hawley both met with supporters and volunteers Saturday at each of their... More >>
17 hours ago Saturday, July 14 2018 Jul 14, 2018 Saturday, July 14, 2018 10:43:00 PM CDT July 14, 2018 in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY - A 17-year-old from Jefferson City will be competing at the CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin, in August.... More >>
21 hours ago Saturday, July 14 2018 Jul 14, 2018 Saturday, July 14, 2018 6:50:00 PM CDT July 14, 2018 in Sports
COLUMBIA - House hunters are looking beyond Columbia due to a lack of middle-income housing in the city. Realtor... More >>
23 hours ago Saturday, July 14 2018 Jul 14, 2018 Saturday, July 14, 2018 5:00:00 PM CDT July 14, 2018 in News
(CNN Money) -- Microsoft has helped innovate facial recognition software. Now it's urging the US government to enact regulation to... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, July 14 2018 Jul 14, 2018 Saturday, July 14, 2018 3:22:00 PM CDT July 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA — Seven cases of cyclosporiasis in Missouri may be linked to eating McDonald's salads, the Missouri Department of Health... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, July 14 2018 Jul 14, 2018 Saturday, July 14, 2018 2:33:00 PM CDT July 14, 2018 in News
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The U.S. homeland security secretary said on Saturday there are no signs that Russia is targeting this... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, July 14 2018 Jul 14, 2018 Saturday, July 14, 2018 2:20:00 PM CDT July 14, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- A paragliding protester hovered within surprising proximity of President Donald Trump on Friday night as the president admired... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, July 14 2018 Jul 14, 2018 Saturday, July 14, 2018 1:38:05 PM CDT July 14, 2018 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - KOMU 8 News was in contact with the Callaway County Sheriff at 1 p.m. They said that... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, July 14 2018 Jul 14, 2018 Saturday, July 14, 2018 1:09:00 PM CDT July 14, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Some Missouri nurses will soon be able to take advantage of a pilot program that allows... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, July 14 2018 Jul 14, 2018 Saturday, July 14, 2018 11:00:00 AM CDT July 14, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- If movie-streaming seems like Goliath, Blockbuster video store owners are an industry's Davids still fighting to keep the... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, July 14 2018 Jul 14, 2018 Saturday, July 14, 2018 8:29:00 AM CDT July 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Elder law attorneys and the Department of Health and Senior Services are warning the community to keep a... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 13 2018 Jul 13, 2018 Friday, July 13, 2018 9:37:00 PM CDT July 13, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- A Chinese spy ship is currently spying on a major US-led military exercise off the coast of Hawaii,... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 13 2018 Jul 13, 2018 Friday, July 13, 2018 8:29:00 PM CDT July 13, 2018 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - An investigation into the theft of trailers, ATV’s, farm equipment and other items in Callaway County lead... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 13 2018 Jul 13, 2018 Friday, July 13, 2018 6:29:00 PM CDT July 13, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 95°
5pm 94°
6pm 93°
7pm 90°
8pm 87°