Missouri Inmate Finally Gets A Chance At Proving His Innocence After 43 Years

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By Rachel Pilgrim, The Root

Kevin Strickland had his first hearing on Monday after trying 17 times to get his triple murder conviction overturned.

…Sentenced to life in prison in 1979, Strickland, a Black man, is now 62. He has tried 17 times to get a hearing to overturn his triple murder conviction and on Monday he finally had his day in court…

Strickland, 62, was convicted in the April 25, 1978, fatal shootings of Larry Ingram, 21; John Walker, 20; and Sherrie Black, 22, in Kansas City.

Strickland, a Black man, saw his first trial end in a hung jury when the only Black juror, a woman, held out for acquittal. After his second trial in 1979, he was convicted by an all-white jury of one count of capital murder and two counts of second-degree murder…

The Star notes that if Strickland is exonerated, then his time will go down as the longest known wrongful conviction in Missouri history.

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