Reggie Clemons. (Amnesty International)
By Kay Quinn
St. Louis (KSDK) - The mother of Missouri death row inmate Reginald Clemons says she hopes her son's week-long special hearing reveals the truth about his case and the criminal justice system.
Vera Thomas spoke on the steps of the Carnahan Courthouse Friday morning. She was joined by six different groups, including the ACLU, NAACP, and a group opposed to the death penalty.
Her son was convicted of killing two sisters on the Chain of Rocks Bridge in 1991.
This week, his attorneys tried to prove police beat him into confessing to the crime.
Vera Thomas says she thinks about Virginia Kerry, the mother of the Kerry sisters, often.
"I think about the family often," says Vera Thomas. "I think about all of the families involved in the case there's been a lot of hurt and a lot of pain. And I would like to say that I hope as things unfold and truths are revealed, that they will take those things into consideration. Because I understand their families, their daughters, were part of Amnesty International which tells me that they were supporters of social justice, so I hope after the whole case as it unravels that all of these things will be taken into consideration. And I pray for them."
The special hearing ended yesterday but a final ruling isn't expected for several more months.