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  • Reggie Clemons. (Amnesty International)
  • Reggie Clemons. (Amnesty International)
  • Reggie Clemons. (Amnesty International)

By Elizabeth Matthews

St. Louis (KSDK) --It's one of the most talked about double murder cases in Missouri's history, and now one of the convicted killers gets another day in court. Reggie Clemons is on death row for the 1991 murders of sisters Julie and Robin Kerry.

For nearly 20 years, Clemons has been behind bars, all the while saying he is innocent. Now he may have the chance to prove that inside a courthouse Monday morning.

The Kerry sisters lives' were cut too short when they were raped and pushed to their deaths off the Chain of Rocks Bridge in April of 1991.

For the past 21 years, the fates of the four convicted killers have been determined, except for one.

Reggie Clemons was found guilty of first-degree murder in 1993 with the recommendation of execution. That sparked a ping pong battle between Clemons and the court system.

In 2002, a federal court judge overturned the death sentence for Clemons. Two years later, a Federal Appeals Court reinstated Clemon's death sentence.

In 2009, a court halted Clemon's execution without explanation, and later that year, his attorneys claimed police coercion and unfair treatment. The US Supreme court refuses to review the case.

Now a special hearing is beginning to re-examine those claims.

This week, a Missouri Supreme Court appointed judge will begin re-examining old evidence from prosecutors and hear claims of forced confession, police brutality, misconduct by prosecutors and racial bias in jury selection. Clemons is also expected to take the stand.

NewsChannel 5  has reached out to the Kerry family and several friends. They either declined to comment or didn't get back to us.
Three things could come of the hearing this week: a re-trial, a reduction in Clemons sentence or leave him on death row.


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