Rally for Reggie Clemons Chain of Rocks Bridge Murders

7:49 PM, Sep 15, 2012   |    comments
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(KSDK) -- More than 100 people rallied in support of convicted killer Reggie Clemons in downtown St. Louis.

Clemons is on death row for the 1991 murders of Julie and Robin Kerry at the Chain of Rocks Bridge. The two were raped and the pushed into the Mississippi River, where they drowned.

Reggie Clemons is one of four men arrested. Marlin Gray was executed in 2005. Antonio Richardson is serving life without parole, and Daniel Winfrey was released on parole in 2007. Reggie Clemons remains on death row.

Long-time supporter, Jamala Rogers says the death penalty is flawed.

"Almost 140 people have been exonerated from off of death row...not from technicalities, but for actual innocence," she says.

She and the people in a sea of green rallied for Reggie Clemons Saturday in hopes that he'll be the next. Monday, a judge appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court will preside over a hearing that will include re-examining of old evidence, allegations of a forced confession, prosecutor misconduct, police brutality, and racial bias in jury selection.

"There are no winners in a death penalty case," says Clemons' mother Vera Thomas. "But we do want to look forward to a fair trial, which we've never had."


Thomas says she believes the odds were stacked against Reggie, and anyone who doesn't come from an affluent family.

"I feel that it's wrong that if you don't have $100,000, $200,000, $300,000 to afford to an attorney, that you cannot get justice."

Clemons may take the stand in his own defense.

The judge in this hearing could choose to recommend a retrial, commute the sentence altogether, or leave Clemons where he is.















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