Slain sisters' family responds to Reginald Clemons hearing

Thursday, September 20, 2012 | 7:07 a.m. CDT; updated 9:57 a.m. CDT, Thursday, September 20, 2012

ST. LOUIS — Relatives of two slain sisters are responding to a special hearing for a man on Missouri's death row for the killings.

The family of Julie and Robin Kerry provided a written statement to St. Louis TV station KSDK. It describes Reginald Clemons' guilt as "irrefutable" and says his attorneys are presenting "a series of elaborate distractions" to save his life.

After the hearing in St. Louis, the Missouri Supreme Court will decide whether to commute Clemons' death sentence and possibly require a new trial.

Clemons was one of four men convicted in the killings of the 19- and 20-year-old sisters. In April 1991, the sisters and their cousin, Thomas Cummins, were pushed off an abandoned Mississippi River bridge in St. Louis. Cummins survived.

Clemons says he was beaten into confessing.

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