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Article: Missouri to execute innocent autistic man October 6. Ferguson prosecutor responsible. | OpEdNews

3.10.15

Article: Missouri to execute innocent autistic man October 6. Ferguson prosecutor responsible. | OpEdNews: Kimber Edwards was charged and convicted of murder and armed criminal action carrying the death penalty in 2002. He is scheduled to die in the execution chamber October 6th. The case was under the jurisdiction of Ferguson Prosecutor, Robert McCulloch of St. Louis County. McCulloch's prosecutors claimed that in 2000, Edwards hired Orthell Wilson to murder his ex-wife, Kimberly Cantrell, in order to evade criminal prosecution regarding delinquent child support payments.

Allegations have been made accusing St. Louis County Police of coercing a confession from Edwards, and forcing a plea deal on the actual murderer in return for witness testimony against Edwards. The man who recently signed a formally witnessed affidavit recanting his previous testimony and confessing to the murder was that same prosecution witness, Orthell Wilson. Wilson claims he was threatened by police with the death penalty if he didn't accept the plea which included alleged perjured testimony against Kimber Edwards. Wilson is white and Edwards is black. No actual physical evidence has ever linked Edwards to the crime.

One last thing; Kimber Edwards is autistic.


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