The Mississippi State Court has today found that “the Motion to Stay Execution should be granted until further Order of this Court”. While his supporters around the world are celebrating, Willie will go back to his regular cell and regular routine. He will have to face the usual challenges of life on death row, but at least he will see tomorrow.
Read more, including a PDF of the court decision at The Natchez Democrat.
Earlier in the day a press release informed us of an FBI admission that a second part of the testimony given at Willie’s trial was flawed. Bullets removed from a tree were linked by witness evidence to Willie; FBI experts testified at the trial that these bullets
“were fired from the same gun as the bullets that were recovered from the scene of the murders and from the victims’ bodies, to the exclusion of all other guns.”
The FBI now admits that an expert cannot use the “to the exclusion of all other guns” standard.
This evidence, described at the trial as “even ‘[m]ore damning testimony”, must now be disregarded, along with the hair evidence that was discredited last week. Let us hope that Willie will now be allowed to have the DNA testing that he has been requesting for so long.