Ricky Kidd was convicted of murder in 1996 on the inconsistent testimony and lies of Richard Harris. There was no forensic evidence tying Ricky to the crime. In 2008 Marcus Merrill confessed to doing the crime with Gary Goodspeeds SR and Gary Goodspeeds Jr. Why is Ricky Kidd still behind bars?
The confession of Marcus Merrill was that Ricky was not involved was backed up by testimony of Eugene Williams who claimed Marcus and the Goodspeeds planned the crime at his house and Ricky was not there. Richard Harris testified in 2009 that he believes he was mistaken in his original testimony and that Ricky, who was bald at the time could not have been the long haired shooter he saw.
The Prosecutor at the time Jim Kanatzer and the police were notified of the new evidence but have refused to act even though the Goodspeeds were on their radar in the beginning. Why? The testimony of Marcus Merrill has been discounted by the prosecutor because Marcus wants a deal.
If you would like to learn more about Ricky Kidd check out www.freerickykid.com or if you want to find out how you can get involved you can contact his supporters at [email protected] further information can be gotten from the Midwest Innocence Project.