Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lawyer's Appeal Seeks to Prevent Execution

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lawyer's Appeal Seeks to Prevent Execution

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An attorney on Thursday continued his attempt to save the life of convicted murderer Larry Griffin, who's scheduled to die Wednesday for shooting a man 13 times on the streets of St. Louis.

Kent Gipson, a lawyer with the Missouri Capital Punishment Resource Center in Kansas City, filed an appeal in the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, asking it to stop the execution.

Griffin, of St. Louis, is scheduled to die by injection for the drive-by shooting of a man suspected of killing one of Griffin's brothers. Griffin was convicted of shooting Quintin Moss as Moss stood on the corner of Olive and Sarah streets on June 26, 1980.

Gipson said he has found another witness who says Griffin didn't do it.

Attorney General Jay Nixon said the department's attorneys were poised with arguments to ensure that Griffin's death is carried out. The discovery of a new witness was a predictable attempt to delay the execution, Nixon said Thursday.

Gipson already has presented to a federal judge a witness who said Griffin wasn't involved. …

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