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Kevin Strickland: Over £ 1.1million raised for American jailed for 43 years for murders he did not commit |  US News

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More than $ 1.5million (£ 1.1million) has been raised to help an American who was released after spending 43 years in prison for a triple murder he did not commit.

The Midwest Innocence Project set up online fundraising as they fought for Kevin strickland, noting that he would not get compensation from the state of Missouri, where he was wrongly convicted.

The 62-year-old is not eligible for wrongful jail payments because the state only provides them to people who have been cleared by DNA evidence.

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Kevin Strickland has always maintained that he was at home at the time of the murders. Photo: AP

“The state of Missouri has robbed him of his youth, his health and much of his life’s potential,” the Midwest Innocence Project wrote on the GoFundMe page.

He has no work history as he was jailed at the age of 18 and now uses a wheelchair, the appeal added.

“Mr. Strickland needs financial support to meet his basic needs upon his release,” said Midwest Innocence Project.

“Mr. Strickland suffered an unimaginable atrocity and no one helped him. Today he needs your help.”

A judge ordered his release on Tuesday after ruling that the evidence used to convict Mr Strickland has since been refuted or retracted.

Mr Strickland has always maintained that he was at home watching television when the three murders took place.

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Photographed in 2015, Kevin Strickland has maintained his innocence for over four decades. Photo: AP

He was convicted on the testimony of a witness who identified Mr. Strickland as one of four men who shot the victims Larry Ingram, 21, John Walker, 20, and Sherrie Black, 22.

The witness reconsidered her statement before her death and said that after the trial police pressured her to identify her as one of the perpetrators.

There was no physical evidence linking Mr Strickland to the crime scene and the other two men convicted of the murders also insisted he was not involved – instead naming two other suspects who did have never been charged.

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Strickland was questioned during his hearing on November 8. Photo: AP

Mr Strickland found out he was released when the news passed onto a TV screen while he was watching a soap opera.

Other prisoners started screaming, he said.

Mr Strickland said the criminal justice system “needs to be torn down and rebuilt”, adding that he would like to get involved in efforts to “prevent this from happening to someone else”.

“I’m not necessarily angry,” he said. “That’s a lot. I think I created emotions that you don’t all know yet.

“The joy, the sorrow, the fear. I’m trying to figure out how to put them together. “

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