Advocates Say Man Facing Execution in Missouri Is Innocent

29 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Advocates say man facing execution in Missouri is innocent.

ST. LOUIS — Missouri risks executing an innocent man next week, advocates for Kimber Edwards warned Monday, citing a key witness who says his testimony was coerced and the inmate’s contention that his own confession was false. But Edwards’ attorney, Jeremy Weis, and Tricia Bushnell, legal director of the Midwest Innocence Project, said Wilson has since said in an affidavit that he was trying to save himself from the death penalty when he cooperated against Edwards.

An Innocence Project examination of murder convictions overturned by DNA evidence found false confessions in nearly two-thirds of those cases, she said. Autistic people are more susceptible to confession to crimes they didn’t commit, said Dennis Debbaudt, an expert on the relationship between those with autism and law enforcement.

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