Court orders the release of man convicted of 1996 killing

1 month 1 week 2 days ago Tuesday, June 02 2020 Jun 2, 2020 Tuesday, June 02, 2020 10:18:01 PM CDT June 02, 2020 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) — The Missouri Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of a man imprisoned in a 1996 killing, finding that prosecutors withheld crucial evidence.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Chief Justice George Draper on Friday ordered that Lawrence Callanan be freed within 30 days unless prosecutors decide to retry him in the killing of John Schuh.

Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell, who was elected in 2018, backed Callanan, writing that his “conviction rested entirely on circumstantial evidence” and “the testimony of a lone and uncorroborated witness.”

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