Lamonte McIntyre

On April 15, 1994, Donald Ewing and Doniel Quinn were shot in broad daylight by a shotgun-toting assailant while sitting in their car on Hutchings Street in Kansas City, Kansas.

Lamonte McIntyre, then only seventeen years old, was with his aunts and cousins in another part of town when the shooting occurred.

The investigation was hasty and superficial—police spent less than 20 minutes interviewing witnesses. McIntyre was wrongfully convicted of the double-homicide and sentenced to two life terms.

  • No physical evidence ever linked McIntyre to the crime.
  • Lamonte McIntyre did not know the victims.
  • The state presented no evidence of motive.
  • No weapon was found linking McIntyre to the victims.
  • No requests were made for search warrants of Lamonte’s home, person, or clothing.

The Midwest Innocence Project joined Cheryl Pilate of Morgan Pilate LLC, and Centurion Ministries to successfully fight for McIntyre’s freedom. On October 13th, 2017, just a day and a half into what was scheduled to be a week-long evidentiary hearing, Wyandotte County District Attorney Mark Dupree moved to vacate the conviction and dismissed all charges against McIntyre. Hours later, McIntyre walked as a free man for the first time in over 23 years.

 

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