Celebrities React: Marcellus Williams Execution Delayed In Wake Of New DNA Evidence

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Celebrities React Marcellus Williams

By Andrew Shuster |

Celebrities React Marcellus Williams

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Celebrities are reacting to Missouri Governor Eric Greitens delaying Tuesday’s scheduled execution of death-row inmate Marcellus Williams in the wake of new DNA evidence suggesting he’s innocent of murder. See Hollywood stars’ tweets below.

In 2001, Williams was sentenced to death for the 1998 killing of former newspaper reporter Felicia Gayle, who was stabbed 43 times with a butcher knife inside her home during a burglary. The inmate was set to be put to death by lethal injection at 7 p.m. Tuesday, but his lawyers asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stop his execution earlier this week, claiming they have new evidence showing that DNA belonging to another man was found on the murder weapon. Just hours before Williams’ scheduled execution, Greitens granted a stay so the court could examine the new evidence.

Many celebrities are now expressing gratitude to Greitens on Twitter for taking precautions to ensure that an innocent man isn’t wrongfully executed. Emmy Rossum said, “Thank you @EricGreitens for issuing a stay for #MarcellusWilliams.” LL Cool J told all those who pushed for the execution to be delayed, “Congratulations… you guys saved an innocent man. I applaud you all.” And Samantha Ronson ended a lengthy Instagram post about the subject by writing, “This is beautiful. Now let’s get him free.”

Meanwhile, Jon Cryer offered, “Want to thank my followers for the many, many retweets about #MarcellusWilliams. Dunno if social media did it. But I’m still grateful.” And Russell Simmons, who had previously been campaigning to stop Williams’ execution, retweeted articles about the stay shortly after it was issued. Gossip Cop will update as more celebrities react to Williams’ scheduled execution getting delayed thanks to new DNA evidence.

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