Governor Greitens’ Departure Leaves Death Penalty Case in Limbo

Governor Greitens left office before he could decide the fate of death row prisoner Marcellus Williams.  Williams was set to die last August for the death of Lisha Gayle, but the governor stopped the process and appointed a board of inquiry to review the case and recommend life or death.

The board of inquiry, which comprised of five retired judges, was scheduled to meet Tuesday, but the meeting was canceled. Former U.S. District Judge Carol Jackson, who is chairing the panel, said the board did not want to assume that Gov. Parson wanted the process to continue. Governor Parson’s spokesperson indicated the governor has not yet decided what he will do. The panel has met twice since it was formed to review transcripts of the trials and information on DNA testing.