Amy Klobuchar asks for Myon Burrell case to be re-investigated

She faced criticism for it during her presidential run.
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Amy Klobuchar has asked Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman to re-investigate the Myon Burrell case, which was a source of criticism for her during her presidential campaign.

Klobuchar was in Freeman's position in 2002 when her office prosecuted then 16-year-old Burrell for the murder of 11-year-old Tyesha Edwards, who was killed by a bullet that was fired into her home.

But an Associated Press and American Public Media report in January raised questions over Burrell's guilt, citing witnesses who said he wasn't near the scene at the time, and called into question the effectiveness of the initial investigation into Edwards' killing.

The Burrell case dogged Klobuchar during her presidential run, with a group of protesters disrupting her pre-Super Tuesday campaign event in St. Louis Park, which she eventually canceled the night before dropping out of the race.

Just three days after she dropped out, she is calling for his conviction to be re-examined.

"As you are aware, significant concerns about the evidence and police investigation have been raised by a press investigation, by members of the Hennepin County community, and by Myon’s family," she wrote to Freeman.

"For that reason I believe that your office should initiate an independent review of the case and the evidence.”

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Freeman had defended Klobuchar during her campaign, saying that the Burrell case should not be "politicized," as well as re-stating some of the evidence that led to Burrell's conviction

In response to Klobuchar's letter, Freeman said: "Over the last several months, this office has conducted a significant review of all the evidence of the Myon Burrell case. In addition, we have publicly requested any new information concerning this case, and have reviewed the issues raised. We have previously offered to review any new and additional evidence.

"At the request of Myon Burrell, our office met with Burrell’s lawyer on Feb. 24 and committed to reviewing the case file and the new information his attorney provided. That review is on-going."

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