anderson terrance


Case Number: SC96548

Judge: MO Supreme Court

Demographic Information: Black Male

Current Counsel: William Swift

Counsel Contact: MO Public Defender System. Woodrail Centre. 1000 West Nifong,Bldg 7, Suite 100. Columbia, MO 65203 (573) 777-9977


Current Proceedings: Post-conviction proceedings in MO Supreme Court ongoing from denied motion to vacate 29.15 judgment. Respondant reply brief due May 30, 2018.

Legal Status: Hearing held 2/15/17 on motion to vacate. Motion denied by Judge Kelly Wayne Parker. Notice to appeal properly filed with MO Supreme Court.

Hearing Pending: N/A

Significant Legal Issues:

  • Trial counsels’ failure to call a qualified mental health expert to testify about the effects of abuse from Mr. Anderson’s stepfather, and for calling witnesses who could have described the abuse

  • Trial counsels’ failure to present evidence that Mr. Anderson suffered from psychotic depression characterized by paranoid delusions at the time of the crime

  • Possible mental incompetence at the time of trial

  • Inflammatory closing arguments by prosecutor during penalty phase

Last Judicial Decision Related to Conviction or Sentence:

  • Denial of motion to vacate, Rule 29.15. Appealed decision to MO Supreme Court.

Reported Opinions:

  • Denial of Rule 29.15 relief reversed and remanded for further proceedings by Anderson
    v. State, 402 S.W.3d 86 (Mo. 2013)

  • Death sentence affirmed on direct appeal (following retrial) by State v. Anderson, 306
    S.W.3d 529 (Mo.), cert. denied, 131 S. Ct. 327 (2010)

  • Denial of Rule 29.15 reversed as to penalty phase, affirmed as to guilt phase, by
    Anderson v. State, 196 S.W.3d 28 (Mo. 2006), cert. denied, 549 U.S. 1223 (2007).

  • Convictions and sentences affirmed on direct appeal by State v. Anderson, 79 S.W.3d 420 (Mo.), cert. denied, 537 U.S. 898 (2002)


Conviction County: Butler, on transfer from Cape Girardeau

Counts: 2

Victim Demographic:

  • W/M (life)

  • W/F (death)

Crime Date:

07/25/1995

Sentencing Date:

  • 5/16/2001 (1st trial)

  • 12/29/2008 (retrial)

Trial Counsel:

  • Charlie Moreland, Scott McBride, Stephanie Jirard (first trial)

  • Beth Davis-Kerry and Sharon Turlington (second trial)