‘It’s been a long time coming’: Keith Carnes released from prison after murder charge dropped

Published: Apr. 11, 2022 at 11:16 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 11, 2022 at 6:05 PM CDT
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - After nearly two decades of being incarcerated for a murder he said he didn’t commit, Keith Carnes is a free man.

Carnes was released from the South Central Correctional Center in Licking, Missouri, on Monday morning, days after the murder charge filed against him was dropped.

“My prayers have been answered,” he said at a news briefing in Kansas City. “It’s been a long time coming.”

The Jackson County prosecutor’s office said in a statement Friday that there is insufficient evidence to prove that Keith Carnes fatally shot a rival drug dealer, 24-year-old Larry White, in 2003 in a Kansas City parking garage.

Keith Carnes spoke on his reaction to being released from prison after nearly two decades behind bars.

One issue was that a special master who reviewed the case found that Kansas City police did not give Carnes’ original defense team a report from a confidential informant that might have led to his exoneration.

Also, two witnesses who identified Carnes as the killer recanted their testimony in 2014, saying they had been pressured by police and Jackson County prosecutors.