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Justice for Kris & Kiwi - Kris Thompson Legal Fund
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Legal defense fund for Kris Thompson, the spouse of Kiwi Herring.
Kiwi was murdered by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and Kris, the only eyewitness, has been charged with Assault and faces up to life in prison.

UPDATE - The trial has been continued to the week of October 29, 2018 and the parties are still working on discovery and hope to start depositions before the end of September.  

Kiwi Herring was not the only victim of police violence on August 22, 2017 – her wife, Kris Thompson is also a victim. For the crime of being the only eyewitness to Kiwi’s murder at the hands of the notorious St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, the state is trying to discredit and deter Kris from testifying to the truth - that the police murdered Kiwi in cold blood with no provocation.

"I am the wife of Kenny Lee Herring...better known as Kiwi Herring. My wife was one of a kind who will be and still is truly missed..whose life was taken too soon. Everything came so unexpectedly. My children and I were so unprepared. We never thought my wife would be brutally murdered by St. Louis Law Enforcement, but here we are. Starting today we will not give up. We will pray, but while praying I myself and other supporters will be giving our upmost effort to raise funds for legal fees on order to get justice for my beloved belated wife. It hurts to live knowing I was never financially prepared to defend my wife being murdered. It was unforeseen. God says these things will befall us all. Right now I'm asking I'm praying for support from people who still have a conscience and the heart God blessed us all with. Thank you God bless you."

 

To deter Kris from testifying against them, they have charged her with Assault in the First Degree and Armed Criminal Action – if convicted, Kris faces a minimum of 3 years in prison with no probation or parole, up to the maximum of 2 consecutive life sentences, for allegedly assisting Kiwi defend them against a much larger neighbor who had been engaged in a violent pattern of hate crimes against their family.

 

Complicating Kris’s defense to these false but extremely serious charges is the fact that the police department’s own force investigative unit, tasked with investigating Kiwi’s murder at the hands of their own fellow cops, is staffed by detectives who have a history and pattern of covering up police violence against innocents. Not only is Kris’s case serious because the penalty is almost as harsh as a murder case, but the defense also involves investigating Kiwi’s murder.

 

Kris is represented by Joe Welch, an aggressive criminal trial lawyer with a proven record in defending people and activists who have been falsely accused by the police trying to justify their excessive force. Kris was originally incarcerated on an $80,000 cash only bond, but Joe Welch successfully fought for her release pending trial on these charges.

 

Kris and Kiwi’s children have lost one parent and now face the possibility of losing another. Please do what you can to help fight this affront to justice and human dignity.  If you can't donate, please spread the word and share this with those who can.  

Coverage from Democracy Now! -

"And in St. Louis, Missouri, friends and family held a candlelight vigil Tuesday evening for Kiwi Herring, an African-American transgender woman who was killed by a St. Louis police officer. Relatives say the police officer shot Herring earlier on Tuesday while responding to a dispute between Herring and her neighbors. On Tuesday night, mourners criticized the police for misgendering Herring in the police report, and disputed the police’s claims that she had attacked an officer with a knife."

From Democracy Now! - St. Louis: Black Transgender Woman Kiwi Herring Killed by Police

 

TRIAL UPDATE - Kris's court date has been repeatedly pushed back - this is not unusual for the crowded criminal trial dockets, but the lawyers are still working on discovery.  Kris's attorney is still waiting for the government to provide them with full discovery of several pieces of evidence specific to the facts of this case.  One of the things that makes this process more complicated than usual is the fact that Kiwi's murder by the police is tied up in Kris's defense.  After the attorney has reviewed the government's evidence and investigated the defense, he will likely take depositions of the government's witnesses before the case is scheduled for a jury trial.  At this point it is likely the case will go to trial before the end of 2018.  

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