Attorneys: New Evidence in Fatal 1988 Explosion
KANSAS CITY - Attorneys for five people serving life sentences for the 1988 explosion deaths of six Kansas City firefighters say they have new evidence pointing away from their clients and toward others who were not thoroughly investigated.
Kansas City attorney Cheryl Pilate and Laura O'Sullivan, legal director for the Midwest Innocence Project, scheduled a news conference Friday to present that evidence and call for a grand jury to re-investigate.
Darlene Edwards, Bryan Sheppard, Frank Sheppard, Richard Brown and Earl Sheppard were convicted in 1997 in the deaths of the firefighters.
A U.S. Justice Department investigation last year suggested others were involved in the arson and explosion, but it did not exonerate the five who were convicted.
The U.S. Attorney's office said Thursday it remains willing to receive and review any new evidence.