Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Request to Die Is Recanted; Sentencing Hearing Ordered

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Request to Die Is Recanted; Sentencing Hearing Ordered

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A special judge for St. Charles County Circuit Court has ruled that Robert Shafer's request to die for a 1990 double homicide will be recanted and a new sentencing hearing will be held.

During a hearing in July, Franklin County Circuit Judge Jeff Sch aeperkoetter listened to arguments that Shafer, now 26, did not know what he was doing when he declined to have an attorney and declined to present mitigating evidence at his sentencing in 1993.

Shafer pleaded guilty in 1993 to killing Keith D. Young and Ford Jerry Parker in a secluded area of St. Peters, robbing the men's bodies and taking their car. A co-defendant, David Steinmeyer, is serving a 12 1/2-year sentence for two counts of second-degree murder. The ruling was dispersed early this week. Circuit Judge David Dalton failed to ensure that Shafer understood what he was doing, the ruling says. Dalton also failed to order a pre-sentence investigation, which should be automatic in capital cases, the ruling says. …

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