Mo. Court Overturns 1983 Prison Murder Conviction

7 years 1 month 2 weeks ago Tuesday, August 02 2011 Aug 2, 2011 Tuesday, August 02, 2011 4:03:00 PM CDT August 02, 2011 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The Missouri Supreme Court has overturned an inmate's murder conviction in the 1983 stabbing death of a fellow prisoner.

The ruling Tuesday comes in the case of Reginald Griffin, who is serving a life sentence without parole after being convicted of killing inmate James Bausley at a prison facility in Moberly.

In a 4-3 decision, the Supreme Court majority said prosecutors should have turned over evidence that prison guards seized a pointed screwdriver from another inmate near the scene.

The dissenting judges said that wouldn't have aided Griffin's case, because other evidence showed the stab wounds were consistent with a longer knife-like weapon, not a screwdriver.

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