US News Kevin Strickland Free after 43 years in prison for a triple murder he did not commit
an african american liberated after spending 43 years in prison because of an error of justice
© Archives west france some 2,500 people whiten by justice These thirty last years have passed an average of 13.9 years in jail. Photo Stock Illustration. Kevin Strickland, 62, had been sentenced in 1979 for a triple murder he has always denied having committed. A participative financing campaign on the Internet has been put in place to help it settle in its new life.
after spending 43 years behind the bars for triple murder, the condemnation of a man from the Missouri was canceled and he was released.
"I am not necessarily angry. I think I created several emotions that I have not yet shared. Joy, grief, fear. I try to understand how to assemble them ". These words were pronounced Tuesday by Kevin Strickland in front of the journalists, in the United States. The man was just released from prison after 43 years behind the bars. Earlier in the day, Judge James Welsh canceled Kevin Strickland's sentence and ordered his immediate release of the Western Missouri Correctional Center in Cameron. The man of today's 62 years old had been sentenced to 50 years in prison for triple murder, without possibility of conditional release, while he had been denied since the beginning any involvement in these crimes, reports. The hearing to cancel his sentence lasted three days during which it was shown that no physical evidence bound Kevin Strickland with murders. The other two men convicted of these crimes also added that the inmate was not involved and the only eyewitness of the time returned to his story several years ago.
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The murders go back to 1978, when four people in a Kansas City house for drinking and smoking, were affected by the bullets of four men. Three victims of 22, 21 and 20, are dead and the fourth, a young woman, was injured in the leg and arm. It was she who testified against Kevin Strickland as he then swore he was at home watching TV. His first trial ended without any decision can not be made, the only black juror requesting his acquittal. During his second trial, he was convicted by an exclusively white jury. After his conviction, the wounded woman explained to have identified the wrong person under the pressure of the police. In 2009, she sent a message to the Midwest Innocence Project, which helps people wrongly convicted. She died at 57 years, in 2015, cardiac problems.
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"I still can not believe it"
Kevin Strickland said he discovered the news of his release through a last minute report that interrupted the soap opera. "I still can not believe it. I did not think that day would come, "he commented. Kevin Strickland added that he now wanted to get involved in the defense of wrongly convicted to change the legalization. A donation collection was created by the Midwest Innocence Project to help him start his life again. They note that the state of Missouri will not provide any compensation for the time it has spent in prison. "Today, he has 61 (now 62, NDLR) but he was a teenager when he entered prison. His mother is dead, as well as many other family members. He has no history of work strictly speaking. There is no Missouri law to compensate a person who is wrongly sentenced for a crime and later declared innocent, except through DNA, and this is not the case here. Mr. Strickland needs financial support to support himself essential for his release from prison. Mr. Strickland has undergone an unimaginable atrocity and no one has helped it. Today, he needs your help, "says.
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