A Poplar Bluff man’s capital murder case will go before the Missouri Supreme Court this week. 36-year-old Terrance Anderson sits on death row after he was sentenced to die for killing his infant daughter's grandmother in December 2008. A Cape County jury condemned him to death a month earlier. The jury's death sentence was identical to what another Cape County jury handed down in January 2001 after it convicted Anderson of 1st-degree murder in the July 1997 death of Debbie Rainwater. Anderson also was convicted of killing Stephen Rainwater and sentenced to life in prison for his death. At the time of the murders, Anderson and the Rainwaters' 17-year-old daughter, Abbey, had dated and had an infant daughter together. Anderson’s attorney will argue before the Missouri Supreme Court Thursday morning in Jefferson City. They are seeking relief for ineffective counsel and that Anderson’s mental health was not considered at sentencing by Judge William Syler. Anderson wants a new penalty phase before a new judge and his conviction reduced to life in prison. The hearing is at 9:30 AM.
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