Willie simmons sentence was reversed and remanded to a lower court on july 25 2003 missouri supreme court opinion case facts on the evening of november 30 1987 neighbors heard screams and thumping noises emanating from cheri johnsons plaza square apartment. The us supreme court has upheld a missouri supreme court case involving death penalty eligibility for minors at issue was the case of christopher simmons who was 17 years old when he kidnapped neighbor shirley crook in 1993 tied her and threw her off a bridge in st louis county. State v simmons 815 sw2d 426 mo banc 1991 on remand simmons was first tried for the murder of cheri johnson and once again found guilty he was then tried and convicted in the case at hand for the murder of mcclendon the evidence at trial which we review in the light most favorable to the verdict state v. 751 sw2d 85 1988 state of missouri plaintiff respondent v willie simmons defendant appellant no 52907 missouri court of appeals eastern district division . He originally received the death penalty for both murders his convictions and the denial of his rule 2915 motion for post conviction relief in each case was affirmed by the missouri supreme court state v simmons 955 sw2d 729 mo banc 1997 johnson murder and state v simmons 955 sw2d 752 mo banc 1997 mcclendon murder
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