Monday, November 29, 2021

Kim K. Now Advocating for California Death Row Inmate Kevin Cooper; Asks for DNA Retesting

Kevin Cooper
Kevin Cooper (photo courtesy deathpenalty.org)

*In the wake of her success in getting Alice Marie Johnson‘s sentence commuted, Kim Kardashian West is now turning her attention to San Quentin Prison death-row inmate Kevin Cooper.

She’s requesting that California Governor Edmund “Jerry” Brown direct the system to do a retest of the DNA evidence used in the his case.

“Governor Brown, can you please test the DNA of Kevin Cooper?” Kardashian, 37, tweeted twice on Saturday, along with New York Times articles about the case.

It was back in 1989 that Cooper, now 59, was convicted of the murders of Douglas and Peggy Ryen, their 10-year-old daughter Jessica and her friend, 10-year-old Chris Hughes, in Chino Hills, Calif.

All along, Cooper has maintained his innocence and has exhausted all appeals for his conviction, according to the San Diego Tribune.

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‘Free Me’ – a 2011 acrylic on canvas painting by Kevin Cooper, a San Quentin death row inmate

Here’s more from the NYPost:

Some of Cooper’s advocates argue that the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department tampered with DNA evidence to frame Cooper and that this evidence – found on a t-shirt Cooper says he never wore — should be retested.

In an op-ed on Sunday, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote that the sole survivor of the murders, 8-year-old Joshua Ryen, told investigators the killers had been three or four white men – but that cops preferred to focus on Cooper instead.

Last month, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-San Francisco) also called on the governor to allow the DNA to be retested.

Meanwhile, Gov. Brown – who’s leaving office this year – hasn’t announced his decision yet. His spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment, according to the NYPost report.

You can learn more about the Kevin Cooper case at DeathPenalty.org.

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