Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Kansas Man Convicted of 1994 Double Murder to Be Freed from Prison

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Kansas Man Convicted of 1994 Double Murder to Be Freed from Prison

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. * A man who was imprisoned for 23 years for a double murder that he always said he didn't commit was expected to be released from prison after the district attorney on Friday dropped the charges, concluding new information would likely cause jurors to have reasonable doubt about his guilt.

Lamonte McIntyre, 41, was serving two life sentences for the 1994 murders of Doniel Quinn, 21, and his cousin, Donald Ewing, 34. They were shot in broad daylight as they sat in a car in a drug-infested neighborhood in Kansas City, Kan.

A hearing began Thursday in Wyandotte County to reconsider McIntyre's conviction. It was scheduled to continue through most of next week but District Attorney Mark Dupree issued a statement Friday asking the court to find that a "manifest injustice" existed in the case and then dismissing the case altogether.

Dupree, who took office in January, said information from investigators, McIntyre's attorneys and many witnesses prompted his decision.

"I believe that had (the information) been presented to the jury in the 1994 trial that convicted Mr. McIntyre, it may certainly have caused those jurors to have reasonable doubt as to Mr. McIntyre's guilt," Dupree said in the statement.

McIntyre was 17 when police in Kansas City arrested him in the murder case. Investigators who worked the case issued no search warrants, arrested McIntyre after 19 minutes of interviews, did not conduct a thorough forensic investigation, did not interview key subjects or ever discover a link between McIntyre and the victims, according to testimony. No gun was ever recovered.

Rose McIntyre, McIntyre's mother, thanked the many supporters who gave her strength since her son was arrested, The Kansas City Star reported.

"I want him to feel the sunlight," she said. "I thank everybody who never gave up on my son. He (the judge) said, 'You're free.' I almost hit the floor."

Cheryl Pilate, the lead attorney who spent eight years researching the McIntyre case, said the case had hurt many people in the community.

"We're all still wiping tears and grabbing each others' hands and trying to get our hearts to stop pounding," Pilate said. …

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