Attorney says evidence clears Missouri man facing death penalty

UPDATE: The Washington Post reports that Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has stayed Marcellus Williams’ execution, and will appoint a board to investigate the DNA evidence that Williams’ attorneys say clears him.

Marcellus Williams is scheduled to be executed this evening in Missouri, but his attorney says Williams’ DNA is not on the murder weapon and is fighting to stop the execution. Williams’ attorney is asking the Supreme Court to halt the execution and consider the new evidence. However, prosecutors say the DNA evidence doesn’t overcome other evidence connecting Williams to the crime. A jury convicted Williams of the stabbing death of 42-year-old newspaper reporter Felicia Gayle, who was stabbed 43 times in her home in August 1998. CNN has details on Williams’ fight to stay alive.