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United States: Man Exonerated After 42 Years In Prison

United States: Man Exonerated After 42 Years In Prison

An American man who was wrongfully convicted of a triple murder in 1978 and sent to prison has been exonerated and released 42 years later.

Kevin Strickland (62) from the State of Missouri has maintained his innocence since his arrest at age 18. He was sentenced in June 1979.

Judge James Welsh on Tuesday ordered the immediate release of Strickland from state custody, after 15 487 days behind bars.

Strickland’s detention was the longest wrongful incarceration in state history, but it is thought that under Missouri law he is unlikely to receive any financial compensation.

According to the Midwest Innocence Project, the state of Missouri only compensates prisoners exonerated through DNA evidence, not because of eyewitness testimony.

Strickland was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 50 years after he was linked to the fatal shooting of three people during a burglary in a home in Kansas City on 25 April 1978.

On that night, four assailants shot dead three people inside the home: Sherrie Black, 22, Larry Ingram, 22, and John Walker, 20, while a fourth victim – Cynthia Douglas, 20, escaped after feigning death.

Police reportedly pressured Douglas to pick Strickland even though no physical evidence ever linked him to the crimes.

At the end of his first trial in 1979, one black juror on a 12-member panel held out for his acquittal resulting in a hung juror.

However, at Strickland’s second trial, an all-white jury found him guilty of one count of capital murder and two counts of second-degree murder.

Years later, Douglas wrote to the Midwest Innocence Project, renouncing her lone eyewitness testimony, saying “things were not clear back then, but now I know more and would like to help this person if I can”.

Douglas died before she could formally recant her testimony against Strickland, but her mother, sister and daughter have all testified in court that she picked “the wrong guy”.

Prosecutors in Jackson County filed a motion calling for his immediate exoneration and release. Judge Welsh wrote in Tuesday’s ruling:

Under these unique circumstances, the Court’s confidence in Strickland’s conviction is so undermined that it cannot stand, and the judgment of conviction must be set aside.

More: BBC News


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11 comments

Straightouttacountryside 1 week, 4 days ago

Manje manje apa ndabva kuverenga imwe article ichiti human rights abuse in Zim wat wat 😆😆😆,dem hypocrites to the done

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Ungwas 1 week, 4 days ago

Dai zvaive zvaitwa nemajudge emuno maizonzwa matheories ose ehuman rights abuse....

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Shadows 1 week, 4 days ago

Dai iri zim, UK neAmerica vakutoita noise about human rights abuse. Nhasi chirikwenyuka. ( UK raises concern over human rights in zim.) Kuwawata nezvekusungwa chete kwevanhu. Ko uyo akapika 42yrs asina mhosva. Guys wake up. Anambwa ava vanotipesanisa. Idiots

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gafa 1 week, 4 days ago

kumupa mukadzi nhasi anozadza cup yemasperms plus he wont last even 12seconds jongwe ritori nani ndofunga paanotunda anohotsira katatu nokubowa

Mdara Odza 1 week, 4 days ago

Obvious mujeri aisashandisa ruoko or kurova vamwe kumanyowa

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Netsai 1 week, 4 days ago

Rasta Jah vanemi

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Imwe mbeu 1 week, 4 days ago

Nhy nhy hako iwe, apa wataura idi

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Weedman 1 week, 4 days ago

Missouri State bhadarayi Rasta.. since 1979 agh

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Kanda 1 week, 4 days ago

Black people were sent to prison without trial they could just imprisoned anyone to set an example if they failed to get the offender

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Kanda 1 week, 4 days ago

Not surprised because those were the days of total racism especially Western countries even to share a toilet with white people was not possible even type of food and drinks was a crime

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