Edwards’ lawyers had raised claims that their client was wrongly convicted of the murder-for-hire of his ex-wife based on the fact that the admitted killer recanted his earlier statement and now claimed Edwards was innocent of any involvement in the crime. The lawyers also brought evidence that the incriminating statements Edwards made before trial were part of a coerced confession.
The MCC is urging its network members to send a note of appreciation to the Governor by calling him at 573-751-3222 or emailing him. Thank the governor for showing mercy in this case. Edwards’ commutation is only the second time Jay Nixon has stopped an execution while serving as governor.