Kevin Strickland, exonerated this week with all respect, has received an outpouring of support. Supporters have raised more than $1 million for a man who was set free earlier this week after serving 43 years of his life in prison for a c***e that he didn’t commit. Kevin Strickland, 62 years now, was wrongfully convicted in the m*rd**s of three people who were ki*l**d in 1979, when four men broke into a home in Kansas City, Missouri, and shot them.
Strickland was 18 at the time and has always said in his testimony that he was at home watching TV when it happened. After his conviction, the key witness, who was the sole survivor during the a**a!k, recanted and said she had been incorrect to identify Strickland as one of the sh**ters. In addition, there were two other men c**vict!d in the incident who said Strickland wasn’t with them. Even the fingerprints on the sho**g!n the assailant held didn’t match with Strickland’s fingerprint.
On Tuesday, after a three-day hearing, James Welsh, a retired judge appointed to the case, ruled that Strickland’s c**victi!n could not stand. “This brings justice finally to a man who has tragically suffered so, so greatly as a result of this wrongful c**victi!n,” Jean Peters Baker, a Missouri prosecutor who believed that Strickland was innocent and whose great efforts led to the hearing this month, said in a statement obtained by The Intercept.
But though he has now been released, “Strickland is not eligible to receive compensation for his decades of wrongful imprisonment from the state of Missouri. State law dictates that people exonerated via DNA evidence can get $50 for each day they were barred, after their co**icti!n, but that doesn’t apply to Strickland’s case, “according to CNN.
The Midwest Innocence Project, a nonprofit organization that provides legal support to wrongfully co**ict!d people and had also worked on Strickland’s case, set up a GoFundMe for him. The account was created over the summer, but gained traction since the news of Strickland’s exoneration pass away this week. As of Friday, when the account checked, it had tens of thousands of donors and had raised more than $1.1 million.
Strickland told CNN that, the first thing he did after his exoneration was to visit his mother’s grave. “To know my mother was underneath that dirt and I hadn’t gotten a chance to visit with her in the last years … I revisited those tears that I did when they told me I was guilty of a cr**e I didn’t commit,” he said.