Jefferson City, MO (STL.News) – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that his office has successfully obtained a denial of a petition for a writ of habeas corpus in the case of Marvin Jennings, one of the men responsible for the robbery and murder of five employees at the former National Supermarket in St. Louis. Jennings was convicted of five counts of first degree murder, two counts of first degree assault, one count of first degree robbery, and eight counts of armed criminal action. Jennings was convicted by a jury in St. Louis City, and petitioned for a writ of habeas corpus in Washington County, alleging actual innocence and police and prosecutorial misconduct. Jennings has sought several state habeas actions challenging his conviction in the past.
“My most important duty as Attorney General is to protect all six million Missourians. That entails prosecuting our state’s most violent offenders, but also ensuring that those offenders who were convicted, like Marvin Jennings, serve their sentence,” said Attorney General Schmitt. “Assistant Attorneys General in my office undertake important habeas corpus work, often behind the scenes and without recognition – they achieved a great result in this case.”
On September 4th, 1987, Jennings and his accomplice Donnie Blankenship robbed the National Supermarket on Natural Bridge Road in St. Louis. Jennings and Blankenship stole roughly $7,000 and shot and killed five supermarket employees: Rose Brown, Michael Marr, Kenneth Bass, Michael Bean, and David Spahn. Two other employees were injured but survived.
A St. Louis jury convicted Marvin Jennings of five counts of first degree murder, two counts of first degree assault, one count of first degree robbery, and eight counts of armed criminal action. He was sentenced to five consecutive sentences of life without parole for the murders, two consecutive fifteen-year sentences on the assault, and nine consecutive terms of life imprisonment on the robbery and armed criminal action counts.
On July 9, 2019, Judge Troy Hyde of the Washington County Circuit Court denied Jennings’ latest habeas corpus petition in Jennings v. Jennings.