Finally, victory is won, after spending 23 years in prison, Ricky Kidd is FREE. A judge has found he is actually innocent and the state withheld evidence!! On August 15, 2019 a circuit judge ruling allowed Ricky Kidd to finally reunite with his long awaited freedom and family. Although this is good news for family, friends and supporters, for Ricky, his freedom means that he will now be faced with a new set of uphill challenges.
That's why we have started this fundraiser to raise money that will help Ricky get through a tough reintegration process after being wrongfully convicted for 23 years. Often these battles for innocence leave these men with many scars and handicap to a modern society.
Our goal is to raise $5,000 for Ricky's return to help towards clothing, housing, transportation, accessories, medical care, film school and a comfortable start back into a world much different from when he was snatched away.
Ricky has faced a nightmare that no amount of money can erase. However, getting a good start back to life can make a world of difference. Your generous donation(s) will help Ricky emerge from his nightmare, and into his dreams of being a playwright and a filmmaker.
Ricky was wrongfully convicted of murdering George Bryant and Oscar Bridges in Kansas City, Missouri. Witnesses testified that three men entered Bryant’s home and then the two victims were found dead, Bridges in the basement and Bryant in the front yard outside his home. Bryant’s four-year-old daughter was discovered in the garage on the phone with 911 when police arrived.
Ricky had what should have been an airtight alibi for the crime: he was filling out an application for a gun permit at the Jackson County Sheriff’s Lake Jacomo Office at the time of the murders. And all of his time before and after was accounted for.
Kidd and co-defendant Marcus Merrill were charged with the crime. Merrill had flown to Kansas City from Atlanta shortly before the murder with two other individuals. Those three — Merrill and his companions— alibied themselves together at the time of the crime. Although all evidence indicated three perpetrators were involved, the state never charged a third person or attempted to bring a third person to justice. Ricky was tried jointly with Merrill, who later confessed to being a real perpetrator in the crime, along with the individuals from Atlanta.
On Wednesday, Circuit Court Judge Daren Adkins ordered Kidd’s conviction be overturned on the basis that Kidd is actually innocent and because it found the State had withheld exculpatory evidence. While Ricky is free, he is still waiting for the prosecutor to dismiss charges in his case.