Donations pour in for Missouri man released after 43 years

Donations pour in for Missouri man released after 43 years

Kansas City, Missouri Nearly $1.4 million has been raised as of Saturday for a man who spent 43 years behind bars before a judge overturned his murder conviction three times.

The Midwest Innocence Project created a fundraising GoFundMe as they fought for Kevin Strickland’s release, stating that he would not receive compensation from Missouri and would need help paying for basic living expenses. The state only allows erroneous prison payments to people who have been acquitted through DNA evidence, so 62-year-old Strickland will not qualify.

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Judge James Welch, a retired judge of the Missouri Court of Appeals, ordered his release on Tuesday, finding that the evidence used to convict Strickland has since been refuted or disproved. By midday Saturday, $1.39 million had been donated to help Strickland.

Strickland always maintained that he was home watching TV and had nothing to do with the 1978 murders when he was 18 years old.

As he got out of prison, he said he was “thankful to God who walked me through this for 43 years.”

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