St. Louis Man Released After 20 Years in Prison
ST. LOUIS - A 34-year-old a man convicted in the 1993 murder of a 14-year-old outside a St. Louis dance hall has been released from prison. Anthony Williams walked out of his final appearance at a St. Louis county courthouse Thursday afternoon after spending 20 years behind bars at the Jefferson City Correctional Center.
A Cole County judge threw out Williams' conviction June 18, citing testimony by the victim's identical twin linking another suspect to the crime. The Missouri Attorney General's Office filed a motion June 26 to delay Williams' release due to a technicality regarding a handwritten note. A judge heard that motion Tuesday.
The court originally sentenced Williams to life without parole when he was 14 for the fatal shooting of Cortez Andrews. Williams was serving his sentence for the murder during a post-dance brawl during the early morning of December 31, 1993.
The original prime suspect in the case was cleared and Williams was identified in a photo lineup in December 1993.