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Posted on: August 30, 2021

Jackson County Prosecutor files motion to free Kevin Strickland after 43 years

For Immediate Release
Aug. 30, 2021

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker today took legal action to free Kevin Strickland from a Missouri prison, citing clear and convincing evidence that he is actually innocent. 

A motion to set aside Strickland’s 1979 conviction was filed in Jackson County Circuit Court on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2001, at 12:01 a.m. The filing was made public this morning. 

Baker issued the following statement: 

Most of us have heard the famous quotation that ‘injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ Kevin Strickland stands as our own example of what happens when a system set to be just, just gets it terribly wrong.

The Missouri General Assembly and Gov. Parson deserve credit for creating a new legal avenue for a local prosecutor to seek relief. Making it possible for an officer of the court to stand before a judge and argue to correct a grave wrong is a system of justice we can all stand behind.

We look forward to presenting our evidence in the same courtroom where Mr. Strickland was convicted. 

See attached motion below.

For more information, contact:

 Michael Mansur
Director of Communication
Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office
Jean Peters Baker, Prosecutor
Work : (816) 881-3812
Mobile : (816) 674-3954
www.jacksoncounyprosecutor.com
mmansur@jacksongov.org

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