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Monday, March 8, 2010

New Evidence Uncovered in Reginald Clemons Case; Rape Kit Missing Nearly 20 Years

Posted By on Mon, Mar 8, 2010 at 4:03 PM

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A lawyer with the Missouri Attorney General's Office today announced the discovery of new evidence in the 1991 slayings of sisters Julie and Robin Kerry who were raped and thrown to their deaths off the Chain of Rocks Bridge.

In a letter sent to a judge reviewing the case of Reginald Clemons -- convicted to death for being an accomplice to the murders -- Stephen Hawke with the AG's office says the original prosecutor of the crime recently was informed of a rape kit that had not been turned over to the defense team.

Wrote Hawke today:

Following the deposition on Tuesday, March 2, of Mr. Nels Moss, the prosecuting attorney who originally tried Mr. Clemons, Mr. Moss informed two assistant attorneys general that he had recently been told of the existence of a rape kit located at the St. Louis Police Department Crime Lab.  Mr. Moss stated that he had no prior knowledge of this rape kit, raising the inference that the evidence had not been previously disclosed as part of the state's case against Mr. Clemons.  The Attorney General's Office then contacted the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office, who assisted in identifying three laboratory reports and certain biological samples in cold storage at the crime lab.

For more information on the case, see today's St. Louis American which provides the most comprehensive reporting thus far on the new discovery and its implications for Clemons.

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