Kevin Cooper was convicted of murdering Douglas and Peggy Ryan and their daughter Jessica and her friend Chris Hughes in Chino Hills, California in 1985. Despite the guilty verdict, Cooper has maintained his innocence. In an explosive expose by the New York Times, writer Nicholas Kristof explained the sole survivor of the murders, an 8-year-old named Joshua Ryan, claimed that the killers were three or four white men, not Kevin Cooper.
Despite the eyewitness report, Cooper’s camp claims the investigators chose to focus on the now 59-year-old versus other potential suspects.
The DNA evidence in question that allegedly links Cooper to the crimes is on a t-shirt that was reportedly never wore by Cooper, according to the man himself.
Kim and other advocates are asking the Governor to re-test the evidence to potentially exonerate Cooper.
The governor has not yet responded to request for comment.