St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell Filed a Motion to Overturn Marcellus Williams’ Conviction. Here’s How You Can Help the Fight for Justice.

Here are three ways to get involved to stop Mr. Williams’ execution in Missouri.

Urgent 01.29.24 By Alyxaundria Sanford

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell Filed a Motion to Overturn Marcellus Williams’ Conviction. Here’s How You Can Help the Fight for Justice.

Marcellus Williams. (Image: Courtesy of Marcellus Williams’ legal team)

Today, the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell filed a motion to overturn Marcellus Williams’ wrongful conviction. Mr. Williams has spent 24 years on death row for a murder that DNA evidence proves he didn’t commit. The motion provides the opportunity for the evidence that proves Mr. Williams’ innocence to finally be heard in court. 

It is now on the Missouri Supreme Court and Gov. Mike Parson to take action to overturn Mr. Williams’ conviction and stop his execution. Here are three ways for you to get involved to demand justice:

Sign the petition to stop Mr. Williams’ execution. 

Mr. Williams was convicted of first-degree murder, robbery, and burglary in the 1998 killing of Felicia Gayle, a former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter who was stabbed 16 times in her own home. His conviction primarily relied upon the inconsistent testimonies of two incentivized witnesses, with no physical evidence linking him to the crime scene. 

In 2016, post-conviction DNA testing of the murder weapon proved that Mr. Williams did not commit the crime, contradicting the testimony of the unreliable informants. This crucial DNA evidence has not been presented in court. 

Join more than 28,000 people in signing this petition to stop Mr. Williams’ execution. 

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Despite DNA evidence pointing to his innocence, Marcellus Williams faces execution in Missouri for a crime that DNA proves he did not commit. Add your name to our petition at the link in our bio and share Marcellus’ story far and wide to stop this injustice before it’s too late. #innocence #deathrow #missouri #criminaljustice

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Read and share Mr. Williams’ story.

The national attention surrounding Mr. Williams’ story has underscored the State’s blatant disregard of the exculpatory evidence that could clear his name. The more people who hear this story of injustice, the more the chances that Gov. Parson or the Missouri Supreme Court will intervene. 

Share these social media posts on your own platforms and with family or friends to spread the word about this miscarriage of justice:

Use your voice. 

You’ve done it before for our clients Pervis Payne, Rodney Reed, Julius Jones and Melissa Lucio, the last of whom was just two days away from execution when the court granted a stay. In all, more than 1 million advocates online and on the ground used their voices to call for change.

So here’s what to do: Create an Instagram post, reel, or TikTok to share the background of Mr. Williams’ case, the reasons he’s innocent, and all the missteps in this miscarriage of justice, and urge your followers to sign our petition. Use these five facts to share your story.

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Mr. Wiliams is represented by the Innocence Project, Midwest Innocence Project, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, the Federal Public Defender Capital Habeas Unit in Kansas City, and attorney Kent Gipson. 

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