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June 10, 2021Jefferson City, Mo. |  By: AP

Missouri governor: Pardon of 4-decade inmate not a priority

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Republican Missouri Gov. Mike Parson says addressing 
the clemency petition for Kevin Strickland isn't a "priority," even though prosecutors say Strickland didn't commit the triple murder that put him behind bars more than four decades ago.

The Kansas City Star reports that Parson has a backlog of about 3,000 clemency requests and says that cases drawing attention don't necessarily jump to the front of the line.

Several state lawmakers signed a letter seeking a pardon for Strickland, who has maintained his innocence since he was convicted of the 1978 killings in Kansas City. Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker has called for his release.