The State Supreme Court’s rejection of a death sentence for a St. Louis man is the second time within a year the Court has overturned a death sentence because prosecutors in St. Louis County removed Blacks from juries. The Supreme Court Opinion says the removals were for racially discriminatory reasons.
Both cases involve the same man, Vincent McFadden, convicted of two murders and sentenced to death by two separate juries. Of the 24 jurors in the two trials, only one was Black. McFadden is Black.
He’s scheduled to be retried in one of the cases. The prosecutor will decide later whether to try him again for the second murder.