Wyandotte County Attorney unveils conviction integrity unit

September 02, 2018 - 2:06 pm

The Wyandotte County District Attorney's Office is opening a division to look into claims of those who say they've been wrongfully convicted.

The Kansas City Star reports that County Attorney Mark Dupree Sr. announced Friday during a news conference that his office expects to hire three people for the new conviction integrity unit. That includes a full-time senior attorney, a part-time investigator and a part-time assistant.

Dupree says that after a cursory review of claims, 19 deserved further examination.

Dupree has pointed to the case of Lamonte McIntyre, whose convictions for a 1994 double murder were thrown out last October, as an example of why the unit is needed.

The district attorney's office will receive payments of about $167,000 this year and next to support the new unit.

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