After 23 Years In Prison, Wyandotte County Man Is Exonerated Of Double Murder Charge

Oct 13, 2017

Lamonte McIntyre, who was sentenced when he was 18 to life in prison for two murders he says he didn't commit, was set free Friday after the Wyandotte County district attorney dropped all charges against him.
Credit Kansas Department of Corrections

A Wyandotte County, Kansas, man who spent 23 years in prison for a double murder he says he didn’t commit has been set free.

Wyandotte County District Attorney Mark A. Dupree Sr. agreed Friday afternoon to drop all charges against Lamonte McIntyre. 

In a statement, Dupree said that the information presented in the hearing "is of a nature that I believe that had it been presented to the jury in the 1994 trial that convicted Mr. McIntyre, it may certainly have caused those jurors to have reasonable doubt as to Mr. McIntyre’s guilt."

McIntyre, who is now 41, was released mid-afternoon Friday 

He was sentenced to two life terms for the 1994 murders of 34-year-old Donald Ewing and his cousin, 21-year-old Doniel Quinn. The two were shot to death as they sat in a car. 

The families of the two men also believed McIntyre was innocent of the crime.

At a hearing that began Thursday, McIntyre’s attorneys presented new information about the case, including a key witness who recanted her testimony.