On Tuesday, a divided Missouri Supreme Court ordered a new sentencing hearing in the capital case of Michael D. Taylor,
with a new set of jurors. Taylor was too young for a death sentence
when he raped and murdered a high school classmate in 1995, but later
went to death row for a prison killing.
Writing for the
majority, Chief Justice Laura Denvir Stith said that prosecutors failed
to provide the defense with evidence that might have challenged the
credibility of a prison informer. [Full story at St. Louis Post-Dispatch]