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A Missouri man imprisoned more than 20 years for a double murder is innocent and should either be released or retried, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Ricky Kidd, now 44, was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder in the February 1996 deaths of George Bryant and Oscar Bridges in Kansas City. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

The article goes on to state the following:

DeKalb County Judge Daren L. Adkins’ ruling cited “clear and convincing” evidence that Kidd was innocent. Adkins ordered the state to release Kidd unless he is retried within 30 days.

The Kansas City Star reports that “No physical evidence linked Kidd to the murders.”

The incident happened on Feb. 6, 1996. George Bryant and Oscar Bridges were found fatally shot, and three men were seen fleeing the scene.

KMBC further reported:

A police officer who arrived at Bryant’s home found his 4-year-old daughter in the garage crying, still on the phone with a 911 operator. Bryant was lying in a pool of blood in the snow in his front yard. Police then found Bridges’ body in Bryant’s basement with his feet, hands and mouth bound with duct tape. He had been shot twice in the back of the head.

Kidd and Marcus Merrill were convicted, while only Merrill confessed. Adkins’ order said evidence pointed to Merrill and two other men as the real killers.

Court records show that Kidd told authorities he was with his girlfriend at the time of the killings, and that eyewitnesses who testified against him later recanted.

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