Richard D Clay, known as "Rick" to friends and family, is 45 years old. He's a father to son Kiefer, a son, and brother 5 times over. He's a former U.S. Marine, the son of a Vietnam War hero, and a former prom king.
In 1995, Clay was charged and convicted with murder based largely on testimony of two people who plotted to carry out the crime.
Nothing links Clay to the crime scene - no gun, no DNA evidence, no hair, or viable witnesses. In the end, a jury found that cirmcumstatial evidence was enough to condemn Clay to death.
He was awarded a new trial in 2002 when an appeals court found evidence of prosecutoral misconduct, but the decision was overrruled due in large part to errors by his original court appointed defense team.
Just 36 hours before his scheduled execution in January 2011, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon granted Clay clemency, commuting his sentence to life in prison. He remains there today, despite hundreds of questions surrounding his conviction.