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A Kansas City officer goes on trial

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For the first time ever, a Kansas City police officer is standing trial in a fatal shooting. A grand jury indicted Eric J. DeValkenaere in the killing of a Black man in his own backyard last year. Plus, after months of courtroom delays, a judge will hear evidence in the innocence petition of Kevin Strickland.

Today is a big day at the Jackson County courthouse downtown. A Kansas City police officer will stand trial for the fatal shooting of a Black man. Eric J. DeValkenaere was indicted by a grand jury in 2020 for the killing of Cameron Lamb, who was shot to death as he was backing into his garage on Dec. 3. KCUR’s Dan Margolies explains what's at stake.

And in May, prosecutors said Kevin Strickland was not guilty of a murder he’s spent more than 40 years in prison for. But the Missouri Attorney General’s Office has repeatedly delayed his innocence hearing until this week. KCUR's Luke Martin reports on the long and winding legal process that brought us to this moment.

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