Affidavit: Bickering attorneys hurt Winfield

An affidavit filed in support of clemency for Missouri death row inmate John Winfield says he might have been spared a death sentence if his two attorneys could have gotten along during the penalty phase of his trial.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that one of those attorneys, Bradford Kessler, wrote that he and Scott Rosenblum were co-counsel for Winfield but dissolved their partnership right before Winfield's 1998 trial. Kessler wrote that there was "significant tension," and Winfield was not given a fair chance at life without parole instead of the death penalty.

Rosenblum calls the claim "preposterous".

Winfield is scheduled to be executed at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for killing two women in St. Louis County in 1996.