Former Missouri death row inmate granted temporary prison leave

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - Reginald Clemons was convicted of the murders of Robin and Julie Kerry. The conviction was overturned and Clemons is awaiting a new trial. He’s also serving time for a charge of assaulting a state prison employee.

A former employee of the Missouri Department of Corrections is outraged over a recent privilege granted to Clemons. He was allowed to visit a St. Louis area funeral home to say his final goodbyes to a family member who passed away. There were restrictions on the visit.

The former employee asked us not to reveal his identity, but told Fox 2 News the funeral home visit took place Friday. Prosecutors confirm the visit took place. A judge’s order reads, in part, “Defendant is not to have contact with anyone except law enforcement and funeral home personnel required for the visit.”

The former corrections employee believes the transfer put the public and corrections officers in potential danger. A source connected to the Missouri Department of Corrections said Clemons made the visit without incident.

Prosecutors did not oppose the request from Clemons.

A statement from the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office reads, “We did not oppose the defense’s request for Mr. Clemons, given the very narrow scope of the transport order. We continue with our efforts to seek justice for Robin and Julie Kerry.”

Clemons was on death row and could face the death penalty in his retrial. Fox 2 News contacted the Missouri Department of Correction to ask how often death row inmates are given the opportunity similar to the one given Clemons. A spokesperson is checking into our request.

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