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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2017 


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Public News Service - MO: Criminal Justice

Marcellus Williams' 2014 mug shot, taken 15 years after his conviction for the death of Felicia Gayle. (Missouri Department of Corrections)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Marcellus Williams was only a few hours from being executed Tuesday when Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens stepped in to issue a stay, citing new DNA evidence in Williams' capital murder case. Williams was convicted in the 1998 stabbing death of former St. Louis Post-Dispatch repor

Approximately 50 Missourians are serving life sentences for crimes committed as youths, despite a Supreme Court ruling barring that. (Jose Antonio/Pixabay)

ST. LOUIS -- An Associated Press nationwide survey shows that five years after the U.S. Supreme Court barred life without parole sentences for juveniles, states, including Missouri, have made few significant changes. Attorney Amy Breihan with the MacArthur Justice Center in St. Louis said at the t

Monique Willis with son Alonzo Thomas IV, who was killed on Apr. 5, 2014. (Monique Willis)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City has recorded nearly 90 murders in 2017 - an increase of more than 50 percent over this time a year ago. With the disturbing numbers as a backdrop, loved ones of the victims of unsolved murders are planning a vigil this weekend to draw awareness to those cases and to

Exonerating an innocent person takes from seven to 10 years, according to the Midwest Innocence Project. (Fifaliana Rakotoarison/Pixabay)

COLUMBIA, Mo. – A federal judge this week awarded Ryan Ferguson $11 million after he served a decade in prison for a 2001 murder in Columbia, Mo., that he didn't commit. In the wake of the judgment, members of the justice advocacy group Midwest Innocence Project are describing changes they b

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and his Republican colleagues have political calculations to make in the wake of former FBI Director Jim Comey's testimony. (USDA/Flickr)

ST. LOUIS – Missouri, like the rest of the nation, is still digesting yesterday's congressional testimony of former FBI Director Jim Comey, who believes he was fired by President Donald Trump because of the Russia investigation. Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee the President mali

Forty-three states treat 17-year-olds as juveniles in the court system. (raisetheage.com)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri is one of only seven states that treat 17-year-olds as adults in the criminal-justice system. A group called "Raise the Age Coalition" has been working to change that for several years, and members say they're encouraged because legislation to raise the age to 18

A lawsuit has been filed against the State of Missouri, saying young prisoners shouldn't be treated like adults. (wycokck.org)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The third lawsuit against the Missouri Department of Corrections in two months has been filed. The MacArthur Justice Center alleges the parole system violates the constitutional rights of young offenders. Citing a series of recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings, the suit arg

A new report says LGBT people of color are discriminated against and abused in the criminal justice system. (iStockphoto)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri continues to debate anti-discrimination laws for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as a new report puts the spotlight on how the criminal justice system is impacting LGBT people of color. The study, co-authored by MAP (the Movement Advancement Project)

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