Leonard “Raheem” Taylor has been in prison before.
He did seven years for drug dealing, from 1991 to 1998, before being released and another couple at the turn of the 2000s for white collar crime, earning parole. His third time around is scheduled to end Feb. 7 by lethal injection, for a quadruple murder in 2004 he insists he did not commit.
Moore’s girlfriend Angela Rowe and her three children, Alexus Conley, 10, Acqreya Conley, 6, and Tyrese Conley, 5, were found shot to death in St. Louis Dec. 3, 2004. The trial was held four years later, with Moore declared guilty.
“I feel real positive and real prayerful that I will get a stay of execution,” Taylor, 58, told Kansas City Star reporter Katie Moore. “I hope the governor can look at my case and look at the evidence, and lack of evidence, and see that you have an innocent man sitting here on death row, scheduled to be executed.”
Moore visited Taylor in prison in mid-January, spending four hours with him in a visitor’s room of a Missouri prison. A spokesperson for Governor Mike Parson’s office told Moore that Taylor’s clemency request is under review.
One of the latest pieces of evidence in support of Taylor’s claims is an affidavit signed Jan. 25. In it, a forensic pathologist, Jane Turner, questions the recorded time of death of the victims. Her research suggests that the murders occurred when Taylor was away from St. Louis.
Another big piece for Taylor is a disclaimer from the phone company Charter-Spectrum. Not shared at Taylor’s trial, the disclaimer stated that their phone records were not necessarily complete with regards to calls made from Rowe’s number. Records from other phone carriers determined that additional calls were made from Rowe’s number after Taylor had left town.
Perhaps the most shocking twist in Moore’s great Star feature article is the fact that after Taylor was arrested for the murders, he was additionally charged for the rape of a St. Louis teenager and separately sentenced to 100 years. He told Moore he is innocent of that crime as well.
Since 1999, four people have been exonerated from Missouri Death Row.
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