Former Missouri Death Row Inmate Exonerated

This week the Randolph County prosecutor dismissed all charges against Reginald Griffin, making him the fourthperson in the state that was sentenced to death and wrongly convicted in Missouri. Griffin had been sentenced to death for the 1983 murder of James Bausley, a fellow inmate at the Moberly Correctional Center in Moberly, Missouri.

No physical evidence implicated Griffin of the murder, and evidence that was uncovered later revealed that guards had confiscated a sharpened screwdriver from another inmate as he was leaving the area where the stabbing occurred. Two other prisoners involved in the murder consistently maintained Griffin’s innocence. Griffin’s conviction was based largely on the testimony of two prisoners who benefited from their cooperation with the prosecution.

The Missouri Supreme Court overturned Griffin’s conviction in 2011, but the Randolph County prosecutor had been considering re-charging Griffin with the decades old murder.

Nationwide Griffin became the 143rd person exonerated from death row in the U.S. since 1973.


Posted: November 4, 2013

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