Eyewitness’ identification of Kevin Strickland was ‘extremely unreliable,’ expert says
Kevin Strickland speaks to The Kansas City Star on Nov. 5, 2019, at Western Missouri Correctional Center in Clinton County, Missouri. - James Wooldridge/The Kansas City Star/TNS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A memory expert testified Tuesday that the lone eyewitness’ identification of Kevin Strickland in his decades-old murder trial was “extremely unreliable.” Nancy Franklin, an emeritus professor in psychology at Stony Brook University, said Cynthia Douglas told officers on the night of the triple murder that she could identify two suspects, but that she did not know the other two. If Strickland had been one of them, Franklin said, the “glance” she got of the gunman should have been enough to identify him, considering she knew him. Franklin’s testimony came on the second day of...