Private investigator says new witnesses back up Keith Carnes' claims of innocence

Private investigator says new witnesses back up Keith Carnes' claims of innocence
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CITY MAN. GOOD EVENING. I’M LARA MORZ.IT KRIS: AND I’M KRIS KETZ. A MISSOURI JUDGE ISSUES A NEW REPORT IN THE CASE OF KEITH CARNES WHO SAYS HE DIDN’T COMMIT A 2003 MURDER. KMBC 9’S HALEY HARRISON RETURNS TO THE CRIME SCENE WITH A PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR >> I WANT TO TURN YOUR ATTTIEN HERE TO THE GATE. >> LATAHRA SMITH WALKS THE PAMEVENT NEAR 29TH AND WABASH LED BY FAITH. >> I DID A LOT OF PRAYING AN FASTING TO DIRECT ME WHERE TO GO, WHO TO TALK TO. I WOULD SIMPLY ASK THE LORD TO TOUCH THEIR HEARTS. >> STANDING BEHIND A CHURCH, SHE EXPLAINS HER PRAYERS WERE ANSWERED >> THERE WAS ONLY ONSHE ELL CASING ON 29TH STREET AND THAT WAS FOUND 40 YARDS WEST OF PROSPECT. HALEY: SMITH, A PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR AND ADVOCATE, FOUND NEW WITNESSES WILLING TO BACK UP THE INNOCENCE CLAIM OF 51-YEAR-D OLKEITH CARNES, WHO’S SERVING LIFE FOR THE CRIME. >> PEOPLE DON’T TALK. I UNDERSTAND HOW SOME PEOPLE FEEL BECAUSE THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS LIVES CAN BE IN JEOPARDY, THEIR LIVES CAN EVEN BE IN JEOPAR.DY HALEY: IN A 111-PAGE REPORT, A MISSOURI SPECIAL MASTER SAYS HE BELIEVES THOSE WITNESSES BACNGKI UP CARNES’ INNOCENCE. >> TWO WITNESSES WHO LERAT RECANTED THEIR STORIES TESTIFIED THEY SAW CARNES CHE THASE VICTIM TO THIS RESTAURANT PARKINGOT L AND STAND OVER HIM WITH AN AK-47-STYLRIE FLE, FIRING SHS. BUT THE SPECIAL MASTER FOUND THAT STORY DIDN’T MATCH THE PHICYSAL EVIDENCE AND FOUNBOD RECANTATIOSN’ JUST RECANTATIONS — FOUND BHOT RECANTATI

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Private investigator says new witnesses back up Keith Carnes’ claims of innocence

Keith Carnes is serving a life sentence in the 2003 murder of Larry White

There is new scrutiny in the murder conviction of Keith Carnes of Kansas City.”There was only one shell casing on 29th Street and that was found 40 yards west of Prospect,” said Latahra Smith, of the KC Freedom Project.Smith, a private investigator and advocate, said she found new witnesses willing to back up Carnes’ innocence claim. He’s serving a life sentence in the 2003 murder of Larry White.”People don’t talk. They don’t snitch. I understand how some people feel because their family members’ lives can be in jeopardy. Their lives can even be in jeopardy,” Smith said.In a 111-page report, a Missouri special master said that he believes those witnesses backing up Carnes’ innocence.Two witnesses, who later recanted their stories, testified they saw Carnes chase the victim to a restaurant parking lot and stand over him with an AK 47-style rifle, firing shots. But the special master found that story didn’t match the physical evidence and found both recantations credible.The judge also found that police withheld exculpatory evidence.”That was, like, ‘Yes, Jesus. Yes, I was right. I knew it. I knew it,'” Smith said.The findings could get Carnes out from behind bars.The judge wrote that claims of misconduct by the prosecutor were not credible.The case now goes to the Missouri Supreme Court.

There is new scrutiny in the murder conviction of Keith Carnes of Kansas City.

“There was only one shell casing on 29th Street and that was found 40 yards west of Prospect,” said Latahra Smith, of the KC Freedom Project.

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Smith, a private investigator and advocate, said she found new witnesses willing to back up Carnes’ innocence claim. He’s serving a life sentence in the 2003 murder of Larry White.

“People don’t talk. They don’t snitch. I understand how some people feel because their family members’ lives can be in jeopardy. Their lives can even be in jeopardy,” Smith said.

In a 111-page report, a Missouri special master said that he believes those witnesses backing up Carnes’ innocence.

Two witnesses, who later recanted their stories, testified they saw Carnes chase the victim to a restaurant parking lot and stand over him with an AK 47-style rifle, firing shots. But the special master found that story didn’t match the physical evidence and found both recantations credible.

The judge also found that police withheld exculpatory evidence.

“That was, like, ‘Yes, Jesus. Yes, I was right. I knew it. I knew it,'” Smith said.

The findings could get Carnes out from behind bars.

The judge wrote that claims of misconduct by the prosecutor were not credible.
The case now goes to the Missouri Supreme Court.

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