JEFFERSON CITY - Some 15 years after originally sentenced to death by a jury, the Missouri Attorney General's office has set an official execution date for the man found guilty of murdering a New Madrid businessman.
A spokesperson with Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster's office verified the Missouri Supreme Court has set Jan. 12 as the date for the execution of Richard D. Clay. Clay is charged with murder of Randy Martindale.
Martindale was shot four times in his home in New Madrid on the night of May 19, 1994, in front of his estranged wife, Stacy Martindale. Shortly after the shooting, New Madrid police officer Claude McFerren spotted Mrs. Martindale's vehicle with a child's toy lodged beneath it. When the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, it accelerated. A short time later the vehicle was discovered abandoned with both doors opened.
Officers later tracked Clay to a swamp area and arrested him.
In July 1995, Clay was sentenced to death by a Callaway County jury.
Defense attorney Jennifer Herndon says Clay was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and there is no evidence tying him to the killing. She noted that there is no physical evidence against her client.
Herndon said she will appeal to try and stay the execution, which would be just the second in Missouri in the past five years.
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