Convicted Mo. Killer Gets New Sentence: Life in Prison

5 years 11 months 3 weeks ago Monday, February 24 2014 Feb 24, 2014 Monday, February 24, 2014 3:27:12 AM CST February 24, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

CLAYTON (AP) - A convicted killer whose death sentence was overturned has been ordered to spend the rest of his life in prison without an opportunity for parole.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 50-year-old William L. Weaver was resentenced Friday in St. Louis County.

Weaver was convicted of killing Charles Taylor in 1987 because he was a potential witness in a drug case.

Weaver's sentence was overturned in 2007 by the U.S. Supreme Court because of comments then-prosecutor Buzz Westfall made in closing arguments. Westfall used a quote from the movie "Patton," in which the general urged soldiers to kill the enemy, saying, "When you reach over to put your hand in the pile of goo that a moment before was your best friend's face, you'll know what to do."

 

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