Missouri prosecutor controversy, Attorney General calls for her resignation


Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey has called for the resignation of St. Louis’ Missouri prosecutor Kim Gardner. Bailey had threatened to remove her from office if she did not resign by noon on Thursday.

Bailey filed a writ of quo warranto against the prosecutor, accusing her of neglecting her duties as circuit attorney. Gardner has refused to resign.

Gardner, a Democrat, has faced criticism from both Republicans and Democrats over her handling of a high-profile case.

Daniel Riley, 21, an unlicensed driver, was speeding and failed to yield at an intersection.

His actions resulted in Janae Edmondson, a 17-year-old volleyball player, being pinned between two cars in downtown St. Louis. The teen athlete from Tennessee was walking back to a hotel with her family when she was severely injured. And had to have the amputation of both of her legs. 

Riley was out on bond after a 2020 robbery charge, dismissed and re-filed last year. The case has raised questions about why Riley was not behind bars. Court records showed more than 50 bond violations.