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Apr 11, 2019

Missouri Supreme Court Grants New Sentencing Trial to Man Who Was Sentenced to Death Despite 11 Jurors’ Votes for Life

The Missouri Supreme Court has ordered a new sen­tenc­ing tri­al for Marvin D. Rice (pic­tured), a for­mer sheriff’s deputy whose tri­al judge sen­tenced him to death despite the votes of 11 of his 12 jurors to sen­tence him to life. On April 2, 2019, the court vacat­ed the death sen­tence imposed by St. Charles County Judge Kelly Wayne Parker in 2017 under the state’s con­tro­ver­sial hung jury” sen­tenc­ing pro­vi­sion. Under that law, the tri­al judge has author­i­ty to inde­pen­dent­ly eval­u­ate the evi­dence and deter­mine the sen­tence to be imposed whenever…