St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - The footage has aged, but the day is no doubt still vivid for those close to what happened here on the Chain of Rocks Bridge over the Mississippi River on April 4t 1991: two sisters, Julie and Robin Kerry, ages 20 and 19, raped and pushed to their deaths.
"There are some times that he's very hopeful and there are some times there's a resignation," said Jamala Rogers, Justice for Reggie.
Since the early days of the case, Rogers has been by the side of one of the four men convicted in the Kerry sisters' murders: Reggie Clemons, who, 21 years later, still maintains he is innocent from a cell on death row.
"It's big, it's historic, it's huge," Rogers said. "This has been the day that he's been waiting for."
On Monday, a Missouri Supreme Court appointed judge will open a hearing on Clemons' case, reexamining old evidence from prosecutors and hearing claims of a forced confession, police brutality, misconduct by prosecutors and racial bias in jury selection.
And the court will likely hear from Clemons himself, who insists on taking the stand.
"That's not a thing that most attorneys like to do but we'll be able to see him in court this week," Rogers said.
"Most death row inmates to do not get access to this kind of process," said Laura Moye, Amnesty International.
Clemons has supporters from around the world. His hearing is drawing interest from groups who see systemic problems with the death penalty system.
"We find that his case is emblematic of many things that go wrong in death penalty cases in the United States," Moye said. "His case reads like a checklist of those problems."
The judge hearing Clemons' case could recommend a retrial, commute his sentence, or leave Clemons on death row.
"Let's take another look at this system and let's make sure that we get the right person, but also that justice is done for all sides including the murder victim families," Rogers said.
The prosecutor in next week's case declined to comment before the hearing.
And NewsChannel 5 tried several times, unsuccessfully to reach the family of the Kerry sisters. But they have said in the past that they believe Clemons is manipulating the justice system.