One man freed, another charged from a 1983 Kansas City rape case

  • Midwest Innocence Project
  • Robert Nelson is a free man.

Robert Nelson became a free man on June 12 for the first time since going to prison in the mid-1980s.

Nelson, 49 years old when he left the Crossroads Correctional Facility in Cameron on a clear summer Wednesday, was convicted in 1984 of a December 16, 1983, break-in and gang rape of a 24-year-old woman on the 5600 block of Bellefontaine Avenue.

Laura O’Sullivan, legal director for the Midwest Innocence Project, said Nelson was done in by mistaken identity and slipshod legal work by his original trial attorney.

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