Today marks another historic decision and, sadly, a blemish on the legacy of Kansas City police.

The newspaper touted this case and pushed forward theories that police planted evidence back in the 70s. Activists demanded release and rallied on courthouse steps. Jackson County Prosecutor argued for exoneration as well. It's also worth nothing that both the Missouri Guv & the AG openly shared their opposition against the exoneration effort.

Meanwhile, judging just by social media and conversations in the real world . . . There hasn't been much interest about this story from the plebs.

Here's today's outcome . . .

"Judge James Welsh concluded that prosecutors met the burden of providing convincing evidence that undermines Strickland's conviction in the 1978 murder of three people. The judge also pointed out that there was no physical evidence that connected Strickland to the murders and that he was convinced solely on eyewitness testimony. That eyewitness later recanted her statements and said she misidentified Strickland. Two other men convicted in the murders also testified that Strickland was not part of the crime."

Read more via news links . . .

Missouri judge orders immediate release of Kevin Strickland

by: Heidi Schmidt Posted: / Updated: KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A judge ruled that after more than 40 years behind bars, Kevin Strickland will go free. Judge James Welsh ruled that Strickland's conviction should be set aside and that Strickland will be immediately released from custody.

Judge sets aside conviction, Kevin Strickland to be released after 43 years in prison

After 43 years in prison, Kevin Strickland is about to be a free man. After hearings earlier this month, Judge James Welsh, a retired Missouri Court of Appeals judge, has decided to set aside Strickland's conviction in time for Thanksgiving. Strickland has spent the last 43 years in prison for a triple murder.

Community reacts to news that Kevin Strickland is a free man

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - On Tuesday, a judge set aside the judgment against Kevin Strickland that kept him in prison for 43 years and ordered that he walk free immediately. Strickland was imprisoned due to a 1978 jury conviction that found him guilty of triple murder.

Judge frees Kansas City man who's spent 43 years behind bars in triple murder

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- A judge has freed Kevin Strickland, a Kansas City man who spent over 40 years in prison for a triple murder he denied having any involvement with. The ruling is a culmination of months filled with legal procedures and on and off again court hearings.

Newspaper editor plays role in Kevin Strickland's path to freedom

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kevin Strickland's first trial in the late 1970s for the deaths of three people ended in a hung jury. A second jury found Strickland guilty by using the sole eyewitness testimony of a woman maned Cynthia Douglas.

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