Today, August 14th, 2019, CALIFORNIA IS ME® features Queen Monica Gray for speaking out against injustice in support of her former boyfriend, Ricky Kidd, serving 23 years (and counting), unjustly for a double murder he did not commit.
According to Kansas City, Missouri station KCTV-5 report, “Ricky Kidd has spent more than 20 years behind bars for a murder that another man confessed to. Wednesday, a judge ruled Kidd needs to be re-tried or let go, the prosecutor has 30 days to decide.” See original KCTV-5 video (here). Another Ricky Kidd’s support is: Former Kansas City Police Commissioner Alvin Brooks, of (Ad Hoc Group Against Crime).
Innocent is innocent. Truth is the cornerstone of justice. An innocent man should NEVER commit a second of precious time longer than necessary for a crime he did not commit. Time’s up for Central Park Fives/Exonerated Fives.
“I’m just really disappointed in the judicial system. I really am. Amy McGowan and the former prosecutor. Very upset. Jean Peters Baker. They’ve known he’s been innocent. And they could have let him go a long time ago. And it’s wasting tax payers money as well. So very disappointed in the system that’s supposed to protect and serve. You kept an innocent man in prison.” - Monica Gray, Former Girlfriend of Ricki Kidd as told to KCTV-5.
Today, Queen Monica Gray was interviewed also by CALIFORNIA IS ME® and said concerning the lack of evidence proffered by Missouri former prosecutor Amy McGowan and current prosecutor Jena Peters Baker against Mr. Kidd,
“They build a case that’s not even there just to save face. Amy McGowan especially is a fraud.”
We concur with the State of Missouri’s mission statement of “fighting for openness and justice, especially for those who have no voice.” Indeed, exonerate Ricky Kidd, now. The truth is Calafia California golden and freedom is embedded in its path. There should be no retrying, only to release. If the prosecutor won’t block Mr. Kidd’s release, then the attorney general should follow suit. Anything less is injustice.
When asked what most was stolen from Ms. Gray’s relationship with Mr. Kidd because of his wrongful conviction, Queen Monica said,
“The special love we had, the beautiful family we could have had.”
Thank you to Alvin Brook’s Adhoc Group Against Crime and the Midwest Innocence Project. See letter to Missouri Governor Nixon (here). See judgement granting relief to Mr. Kidd (here). In the judgment, facts found include:
Mr. Kidd’s Second Amended Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus presented ten claims for relief. On August 27, 2018, the Honorable Thomas N. Chapman granted, in part, Respondent’s Motion for Summary Judgment on Kidd’s Claims 1-8. This matter proceeded to an evidentiary hearing on April 23 through April 26, 2019, on Kidd’s Claim 9, that he is actually innocent of the crimes for which he is imprisoned, and Claim 10, that the prosecution withheld material, exculpatory evidence (first time in any court). See page 1.
Petitioner’s Exhibits 1 through 196, and Respondent’s Exhibits 1 through 9. Respondent presented no witnesses. Based on a careful consideration of the record and these proceedings, this Court finds that the evidence is clear and convincing that Kidd is innocent of the murders of George Bryant and Oscar Bridges, that the prosecution did not disclose exculpatory evidence that was material to the outcome of Kidd’s case, that Kidd can show cause-and-prejudice for not having discovered his Brady v. Maryland claim earlier, and that Kidd has established a gateway claim of innocence that overcomes any alleged procedural default. Kidd is therefore entitled to the writ of habeas corpus. See page 2.
Trial evidence revealed that Kidd became a suspect because he was one of ten men named in anonymous calls to police. He was arrested on February 14, 1996, in the company of his girlfriend, Monica Gray. They were transported to police headquarters and questioned. In separate interrogations, Kidd and Gray told police that they were together all day on February 6, 1996, and they had gone to the Sheriff’s Office at Lake Jacomo to apply for a gun permit. Kidd agreed to participate in a video-taped line-up and signed multiple consents to search his car and belongings. See page 7. Footnotes removed.
The irony in King Ricky Kidd’s case is, on the very day he tried to secure physical protection, the prosecutor ignored evidence that freed Ricky stealing his inalienable right to protection, liberty and freedom. The prosecutor:
Turned a blind eye to Kidd’s alibi, Monica Gray, that was in his presence all day; and
Ignored the record of an application for a gun permit for physical protection the very day he was arrested.
Indeed, a “case” was created out of thin air where any black male will do. The essence of racism. Wherever lies and wrongful treatment exist, a skewed situational view can attempt to uproot the truth. When inspired by Queen Calafia’s like Ms. Monica Gray, the light shines through and the truth is freed to breathe justice. King Ricky is California courageous for standing in truth and fighting his battle. Veritas! Justice.
"Truth is truth though never so old, and time cannot make that false, which was once true." - Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford (1550-1604).
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Author: Ms. Tamra L. Dicus, Founder and Owner, CALIFORNIA IS ME® aka www.caliisme.com
From jail, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King wrote, "
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”