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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Kim Kardashian Puts National Spotlight on the Case of Kevin Keith, Ohio Man Imprisoned for 25 Years for Murders He Says He Didn't Commit

Posted By on Wed, Jul 17, 2019 at 1:23 PM


Kevin Keith, currently incarcerated in the Marion Correction Institute for a 1994 triple murder he has maintained he had nothing to do with, received an unexpected boost in getting his story out to the public this week when Kim Kardashian West shared a Scene cover story about his case, along with other information, across her social media platforms yesterday.

In her continued efforts for criminal justice reform, which have recently involved helping to commute the life sentences of 17 first-time, nonviolent drug offenders, Kardashian West put the batsignal up on Keith's case to her tens of millions of followers.

The short summary of the long, long story that got us here:

Three people were murdered and three more injured in a 1994 shooting in Bucyrus. Keith, who was familiar and known to the victims, was identified as a suspect by questionable eyewitnesses and shoddy forensic work; police posited that Keith had committed the crime as retribution for one of the victims' family members helping the police in a low-level drug case that ensnared Keith and his relatives. (The snitch, for lack of a better word, was supposed to be home at the time of the shooting but wasn't.)

An alternate suspect, Rodney Melton, a drug dealer who in the weeks before the murder confided to his girlfriend that he was paid to $15,000 to "cripple" the same snitch who was the target of the shooting, and who was tied to the crime both by other witnesses and evidence, was floated at Keith's original trial and in subsequent appeals, of which there were many, but never seriously investigated by the police. In addition, his team found that the state's forensic scientist did incredibly shoddy work on this and other cases before being fired.

Last year a federal appeals court ruled Keith's lawyers could present new evidence as they seek a new trial. It's been all quiet since then, and the state has maintained its stance that Keith should remain behind bars.

"This is the part of the fight I've been waiting for," Kevin's brother Charles Keith, who has been his staunch advocate and supporter since the beginning, told Scene.

To cap off the week of attention, Keith's story will be featured on this Sunday's Episode of 'Death Row Stories' on Headline News. Watch the trailer below.

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