Over $ 1.5 million (£ 1.1 million) has been raised to help an American man released after spending 43 years in prison for a triple murder he did not commit.
The Midwest Innocence Project has launched an online fundraiser they fought Kevin StricklandRelease, noting that he will not receive compensation from the state of Missouri, which was illegally convicted.
The 62-year-old is not eligible to pay tort imprisonment, as the state provides them only to those who have been exonerated by evidence of DNA.
“Missouri has robbed him of much of his youth, health, and life potential,” the Midwest Innocence Project wrote on the GoFundMe page.
He was imprisoned at the age of 18 and is currently in a wheelchair, so he has no work history.
“Mr. Strickland needs financial support to meet his basic needs at the time of his release,” said the Midwest Innocence Project.
“Mr. Strickland suffered from unimaginable atrocities and no one helped him. Today he needs your help.”
The judge ordered his release on Tuesday after he ruled that the evidence used to convict Mr. Strickland was subsequently disproved or withdrawn.
Strickland has always claimed that he was watching TV at home when the three were killed.
From witnesses who identified Strickland as one of the four men who shot the victims Larry Ingram (21), John Walker (20), and Sherry Black (22). Was convicted of his testimony.
Witnesses withdrew her statement before she died, and after the trial she said she had been pressured by police to identify him as one of the perpetrators.
There was no physical evidence linking Mr. Strickland to the crime scene, and two other men convicted of the murder also claimed he was not involved. Instead, he nominated two other suspects who had never been charged.
Strickland found out that he was released when the news scrolled across the television screen while he was watching a soap opera.
He said the other prisoners began to scream.
Strickland said the criminal justice system “needs to be demolished and redone” and added that he would like to participate in efforts to “prevent this from happening to others.”
“I’m not necessarily angry,” he said. “There are many. I think you have created emotions that you do not yet know.
“Joy, sadness, fear. I’m trying to figure out how to combine them.”
Kevin Strickland: More than £ 1.1m raised for an American man imprisoned for 43 years in a murder he didn’t commit | US News
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