Dec 05, 2019 10:00 AM

$500K federal grant will help restart MU innocence clinic

Posted Dec 05, 2019 10:00 AM

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri has received a $500,000 grant that will help it restart a law clinic dedicated to investigating possible cases of wrongful conviction.

The grant from the Department of Justice's National Institute of Justice will fund the MU Innocence Clinic. The money will pay for DNA tests on evidence involved in cases where eyewitnesses may have misidentified a suspect.

Law professor Rodney Uphoff says the school will partner with the Midwest Innocence Project, a law firm that specializes in exonerating inmates who may actually be innocent. Students in the clinic will review cases of the firm's clients to interview witnesses in the case and identify possible pieces of evidence for testing.

Eight students will work in the clinic during the 2020 spring semester.

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Dec 05, 2019 10:00 AM
Kansas City man charged in death of girlfriend's 2-month-old

Arlandez Drew photo Jackson County

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City man has been charged with killing his girlfriend's 2-month-old son.

Twenty-eight-year-old Arlandez Drew was charged Tuesday with abuse or neglect of a child resulting in death. Charging documents say Jamarion Holland was rushed to a hospital in August.

Drew told police he had been watching Jamarion when the baby appeared to convulse after he was fed formula. Drew said he found a neighbor who performed CPR until an ambulance arrived. The baby died two days later. Drew told police he didn't hurt the child.

A medical examiner determined that the child's death was a homicide, caused by complications of head and neck trauma. A scan of the baby's brain showed bleeding in the brain and extreme swelling.

Bond is set at $75,000. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.