Supporters of Christopher Dunn, Lamar Johnson, and Kevin Strickland rally at the Missouri capitol.
Supporters of Chris Dunn beg Missouri to recognize his innocence.

  Justice for Christopher Dunn

The sky is clearing, the clouds are lifting, and dawn seems closer than ever.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Gabriel Gore refiled a motion to vacate Christopher Dunn's conviction on February 7, 2024, echoing and significantly augmenting the innocence findings of a Texas County judge in 2020 and another prosecutor in 2023. This is a momentous development, and we deeply thank Circuit Attorney Gore, Judge Shaw, and their conscientious teams for their rigorous review of the evidence and their outstanding, resulting motion to vacate. 

Chris, his family, and his legal team are filled with gratitude, joy, relief, and most of all - enormous hope that this nightmare is nearing its end.
2-7-2024 C Dunn Motion to Vacate

The full motion is available for viewing in the St. Louis Post Dispatch article below.

Messenger: Innocence Will Be Enough When Christopher Dunn Gets His New Day in Court
Watch KMOV's Deion Broxton report on Circuit Attorney Gore's filing and possible next steps.
We have kept the light of hope burning, especially when dawn seemed far away. 
Despite proving his innocence before Missouri's 25th Circuit Court, prompting the judge to write in his September 2020 order that Chris clearly meets the standard for freestanding actual innocence and the Court believes no jury would convict him now, Christopher Dunn is still in prison.
Watch Erin Moriarty's surprising report on CBS Mornings.

Innocence should matter. - Free Christopher Dunn
We were, and still are, overwhelmingly grateful for Circuit Attorney Gardner's action of filing a motion to vacate the conviction of Christopher Dunn. It takes courage and integrity for a prosecutor to examine past convictions and seek to address errors in the judicial process.
Christopher Dunn asked the Supreme Court of the United States - does innocence matter in the U.S.? Is it cruel and unusual punishment to keep an innocent person locked in prison? Sadly, the Court declined to hear the case. Read the SCOTUS habeas corpus petition here.
Amherst College Professor Austin Sarat highlighted Chris' case, writing for Slate that it's time for SCOTUS to end the unconscionable practice of knowingly incarcerating the wrongfully convicted.
The PBS affiliate in St. Louis discussed how Missouri law is keeping Christopher Dunn in prison. Retired Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Wolff and St. Louis University Professor Brumfield-Young join the roundtable on Donnybrook Next Up.
Christopher Dunn Conversation - Nine PBS


Read Professor Kenya Brumfield-Young's op-ed in the Missouri Independent.

In Missouri, the Truth Doesn't Always Set You Free

Listen to Elaine Cha of NPR's St. Louis affiliate discuss Christopher Dunn's case on "St. Louis on the Air."

Christopher Dunn proved his innocence. Missouri law demands he die in prison.

Below, Linsey Davis of ABC News Live Prime talks with Christopher Dunn
Why isn't innocence enough in Missouri? Every U.S. state has a process in place to release a proven innocent person, regardless of their sentence – except Missouri.

Proving your innocence isn't enough to win back your freedom in Missouri unless you happen to be a death row inmate or can prove that your constitutional rights were violated at trial.


A 2021 law gave Missouri prosecutors the power to address wrongful convictions in their jurisdiction. The Missouri Attorney General's (AG) office has vehemently opposed every prosecutorial attempt to correct these wrongs. Our state and the rest of the nation is left to wonder - why are Missouri prosecutors fighting each other rather than joining together in good faith to pursue just outcomes?
The Missouri AG office's opposition to correcting wrongful convictions is neither new nor unique to Christopher Dunn's case. For decades now, once a conviction is in place, the office has refused to acknowledge or address any mistakes, even when a person successfully proves their innocence in court.


Missourians hope that the new AG, Andrew Bailey, has the clarity of conscience to start a new chapter in which justice outweighs finality.
This New Republic article explores in-depth.

Of course, a sentence of life without parole is no less deadly than a lethal injection or an electric chair. It just takes longer for the person to die. This unbelievable situation is owed to the 2016 Lincoln v. Cassady precedent.
In his three-part series, attorney Peter Tomasek of Interrogating Justice takes a unvarnished look at the evidence - and lack thereof - that sent 19-year-old Christopher Dunn to prison for the rest of his life.

Christopher Dunn Series - Part III - Presumption of Innocence

Below, CBS Inside Edition asks why Christopher Dunn is still in prison after a judge declared him innocent.

Missouri's failure to acknowledge innocence is unbefitting a territory of the United States of America. It doesn't belong in a place that calls itself the Land of the Free
Instead of protecting society from criminals, wrongful convictions create more victims. They prevent victims and their families from receiving justice, and they seriously erode public trust in the justice system.

If innocence doesn't matter, then guilt doesn't matter - so why have laws at all?

Change may be coming, but so far, Missouri is in no rush. Missouri 2023 House Bill (HB) 360 would empower judges to review, decide, issue orders, and vacate a claim if there is clear and convincing evidence supporting the claim. Sponsored by Representative Kimberly Ann Collins, HB 360 still has not been sent to the House Judiciary Committee. 


If HB 360 or a similar bill gains bipartisan support someday, Missouri may join the remainder of the country in recognizing innocence.
Christopher Dunn - Missouri innocent

The question is - will Christopher Dunn be around to see that day? The 18-year-old locked up in 1990 is now a 51-year-old man with three heart attacks under his belt. How long can Chris wait on the wheels of justice to turn?

KCTV5's Angie Ricono investigates Chris' case and follows up after the Missouri Supreme Court declines to hear the case without explanation.

Investigative report

Follow-up report

Supporters are demanding justice for Christopher Dunn

Innocence should matter. - Free Christopher Dunn
NOE supports wrongfully convicted Christopher Dunn and others
Supporters rally for justice in Jefferson City
Free Chris Dunn, free the Missouri Three
National Organization of Exonerees support Missouri's wrongfully convicted
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Supporters are asking the Missouri Supreme Court to hear Christopher Dunn's case.

Free Chris Dunn, innocent in prison
Justice for Christopher Dunn ADJ
Free Chris Dunn shirt displayed in downtown St. Louis next to Dred and Harriet Scott statue
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What does it take to free an innocent person in Missouri?

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Supporters around the U.S. cry out, "Free Christopher Dunn!"

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