Governor Nixon commutes execution of Kimber Edwards
JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Jay Nixon commuted the execution sentence of Kimber Edwards Friday, four days before he was to be executed.
Edwards, a former St. Louis jailer, was sentenced to death after a plea deal for hiring a hit-man to kill his ex-wife. The prosecution said he wanted her dead so he wouldn't have to pay child support.
Edwards' attorney argued that the hit-man lied to save himself from getting the death penalty.
Nixon said he believes the first-degree murder conviction is correct given the evidence.