Missouri Supreme Court Upholds Death Sentence in 2002 Slaying
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) -- The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction and death sentence of a St. Louis area gang member for the fatal shooting of a witness.
The court on Tuesday rejected 14 arguments raised by Vincent McFadden, who was convicted of the July 2002 killing of Todd Franklin.
Prosecutors at McFadden's original trial said he was a member of the 6 Deuces gang. They also said Franklin had testified against two of McFadden's fellow gang members who robbed Franklin and were sent to prison.
The Supreme Court in 2006 overturned McFadden's original conviction because prosecutors used challenges to remove five potential black jurors, leaving only one black person on the jury.
Three black jurors served on his retrial, when McFadden again was convicted and sentenced to death.