Kansas City man to be released after 43 years following exoneration in triple murder | TheHill

His first trial ended in a hung jury after the sole Black juror on the panel maintained that Strickland, a Black man, should be acquitted, the AP reported. During his second trial in 1979, however, an all-white jury found him guilty of one count of capital murder and two counts of second-degree murder.

Retired Missouri Court of Appeals Judge James Welsh ultimately exonerated Strickland of the crimes on Tuesday after presiding over a three-day evidentiary hearing, the AP reported. A Jackson County prosecutor asked for the hearing after arguing that evidence used for Strickland’s conviction had been retracted or proven false since his conviction.

“Under these unique circumstances, the Court’s confidence in Strickland’s conviction is so undermined that it cannot stand, and the judgment of conviction must be set aside,” Welsh wrote on Tuesday, according to The Washington Post.

Source: Kansas City man to be released after 43 years following exoneration in triple murder | TheHill