President Clinton, during his last few hours as President, commuted David Ronald Chandler’s death sentence to life inprison.
Ronnie Chandler, a marijuana-grower from Alabama, was convicted on murder conspiracy charges in 1991. The casedepended solely on the testimony of the actual murderer, Charles Ray Jarrell, who, in exchange for a plea bargain,testified at trial that Chandler had paid him $500 to commit a murder. Jarrell recanted the testimony after Chandlerwas convicted.
In a last-ditch effort to prevent the execution, lawyers filed a petition urging Clinton to commute Chandler’s deathsentence just two weeks ago.
- Michelle Chandler, Chandler’s sister-in-law. She played a leading role in organizing the clemency effortfor Chandler.
- Jack Martin, Chandler’s attorney.