AG Hawley Announces Guilty Plea in Reginald Clemons Case

Dec 18, 2017, 15:21 PM
Dec 18, 2017, 15:18 PM

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley today announced that Reginald Clemons pleaded guilty to murder, rape, and robbery for acts committed in 1991.

In early April 1991, Clemons and his co-defendants Marlin Gray, Antonio Richardson, and Daniel Winfrey encountered Julie and Robin Kerry and their cousin Thomas Cummins at the Chain of Rocks Bridge over the Mississippi River in St. Louis. Clemons, Gray and Richardson raped the Kerry sisters. Clemons and Gray then robbed the sisters’ cousin Thomas. All four defendants forced Robin, Julie, and Thomas under the bridge onto a platform. They proceeded to push Julie, then Robin off the bridge and into the Mississippi River. Under threat of being shot, Thomas was ordered to jump into the river and did. 

Thomas survived. Julie's body was recovered three weeks later. Robin's body was never found.

On Monday, Clemons plead guilty to two counts of second degree murder, two counts of rape, and one count of robbery.

“I hope that this guilty plea brings some measure of peace to the Kerry and Cummins families and the community as a whole,” Hawley said. “Violent acts like this will be prosecuted and perpetrators will not go unpunished in Missouri.”

As part of the plea agreement, Clemons was sentenced to five life sentences, each to be served consecutively to each other and all consecutive to the sentence he is currently serving for assaulting a corrections employee.

The case was handled by Assistant Attorneys General Gregory Goodwin, Christine Krug, and Kevin Zoellner. ​