KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Attorneys for two of five defendants convicted in a 1988 arson are requesting that a federal grand jury look at new evidence, they say, proves their clients are innocent.
In 1988 Kansas City firefighters were called to a construction site near 87th and Blue River Road. A trailer full of explosives blew up, killing all six firefighters on the scene.
It took a grand jury eight years to indict five people. They were all sentenced to life in prison.
Attorneys say a two-year investigation by the Midwest Innocence Project has uncovered new evidence suggesting that others were involved and that should be enough for the Department of Justice to re-investigate.
Retired Fire Captain Ray Elder, who admits he can’t forget that day, says it doesn’t matter if there’s new evidence, it won’t change what happened.
The attorneys are expected to hold a news conference at 1 p.m. on Friday at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law where the innocence project is based.