When Lamonte McIntyre was exonerated for a double murder in October, he walked out of a Kansas prison with a clean record – but not a dime to his name, reports CBS News’ Dean Reynolds. After losing 23 years of his life behind bars, the state is offering him nothing.
McIntyre was imprisoned in 1994 when he was only 17 years old. He’d been found guilty of a double-murder in Kansas City, despite no physical evidence linking him to the crime and no motive.
Police only spent 20 minutes speaking to witnesses, and Mr McIntyre was in a completely different part of town when it happened, according to the Midwest Innocence Project (MIP), which fought for his release.
It’s also claimed the lead detective on the case – Roger Golubski – bullied witnesses to get a conviction.
Worse, according to McIntyre’s current lawyers, lead police detective Roger Golubski built the case by threatening witnesses. Tricia Bushnell of MIP said the fallout may impact other potential exonerations. She said there are about a dozen people behind bars whose cases are connected to detective Golubski.
Kansas is one of 18 US states that doesn’t offer compensation for wrongful imprisonment.