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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Supporters of death row inmate say he is innocent

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Supporters of death row inmate say he is innocent

(KTRS) – Supporters of Missouri inmate Kimber Edwards say the state risks executing an innocent man if Edwards is put to death next week. Edwards was convicted of hiring Orthell Wilson to kill his ex-wife, Kimberly Cantrell, in 2000. Prosecutors said Edwards wanted Cantrell dead so he didn’t have to pay child support. Wilson was […]

Supporters of death row inmate say he is innocent

(KTRS) – Supporters of Missouri inmate Kimber Edwards say the state risks executing an innocent man if Edwards is put to death next week.

Edwards was convicted of hiring Orthell Wilson to kill his ex-wife, Kimberly Cantrell, in 2000. Prosecutors said Edwards wanted Cantrell dead so he didn’t have to pay child support. Wilson was sentenced to life in prison after a plea deal in which he agreed to cooperate against Edwards.

Edwards’ attorney, Jeremy Weis, and Tricia Bushnell of the Midwest Innocence Project say Wilson now says he lied to save himself from the death penalty. They say Edwards is autistic, and that played a role in a confession he now says was false.

 

The Associated Press Contributed to this report

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