Missouri Governor Mike Parson will allow a panel of five former judges to review the death penalty case of Marcellus Williams. The inquiry was initially ordered last year by then-Governor Eric Grietens. When Parson replaced Greitens as governor, there was ambiguity as to whether or not the review would continue.
Williams was convicted of killing former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Lisha Gayle during a robbery at her home in 1998. Williams was hours away from execution last August when Greitens stepped in and ordered the investigation. Greitens’ action followed the release of new DNA testing unavailable at the time of the killing indicating that the DNA found on the murder weapon belonged to an unknown person.