Federal Investigators Review 1988 Firefighter Deaths
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A federal review of the 1988 deaths of six Kansas City firefighters found evidence that more people might have been involved in the crime than the five who have been convicted.
However, The Kansas City Star reports that the U.S. Justice Department review found "no credible support" for allegations by numerous witnesses that they lied or were coerced by investigators during a 1997 trial.
The firefighters died when a trailer exploded after they responded to a fire at a highway construction site.
The review was prompted by reports in the Star that raised questions about the guilt of five people currently serving life sentences with no chance of parole in the case.
The newspaper reports that the federal review did not question the five people's guilt in the case.