Kim Kardashian Helps To Free a Murder Of Children, Believing in His Innocence

Kevin Cooper is on death row for murdering four people, including two children. Kim Kardashian is fighting to free him despite severe backlash.
Since she announced her decision to fight mass incarceration as a lawyer, television personality and socialite Kim Kardashian West is raising eyebrows with her choice to defend Kevin Cooper, a man currently on death row in San Quentin State Prison in California for murdering four people in 1983 in Chino Hills, California, reports TMZ. Cooper broke into a house during a sleepover and killed two children, 11-year-old Christopher Hughes, and 10-year-old Jessica Ryen, as well as both of Ryen's parents, Doug and Peggy Ryen. In light of this, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star has received serious criticism from her fans as well as the 11-year-old boy's parents.
Kim Kardashian Helps To Free a Murder Of Children, Believing in His Innocence
Kim K announced the decision by taking to social media platform Twitter. In a tweet, she revealed: I had an emotional meeting with Kevin Cooper yesterday at San Quentin’s death row. I found him to be thoughtful and honest and I believe he is innocent of the crimes for which he was convicted. Jessica’s 8-year-old brother Joshua was the only person to survive the brutal attack. Despite this, it appears that Kim is completely convinced of his innocence.
Kim Kardashian Helps To Free a Murder Of Children, Believing in His Innocence

In response to the television personality's decision, Christoper's mother Mary Ann Hughes stated in an interview with TMZ, "It makes me feel sick to my stomach and I pity her. For what she's doing to us, there's nothing to justify what she's doing to us, the immense pain she is causing us. [Kim] obviously has not read all of the actual evidence -- she has bought into half-truths perpetrated by the defense. If she actually sat down and read the transcripts of all the trials and appeals, she would be sick to her stomach to be in the same room with him." She added, "[He is] 100 percent guilty and the evidence shows it. If you want the whole truth, read the 94-page document on the website of the San Bernardino County DA."
Kim Kardashian Helps To Free a Murder Of Children, Believing in His Innocence

It is unclear why Kim is convinced of Cooper's innocence, especially if the evidence is explicit about his involvement in the case. The frustrated mother believes the accused's attorneys are utilizing the Kardashian's fame and consequent power in order to influence the direction of the case. She stated, "[Cooper's attorneys] are using her for her reality show status because they can't use the truth to try to help Kevin Cooper. The truth just condemns him."
Kim Kardashian Helps To Free a Murder Of Children, Believing in His Innocence

It appears that Kim's decision has caused Mary Ann so much anguish that she no longer wishes to educate her about the case. "[Kim] has not reached out to us. I would not even want to talk to her. My opinion of her is about as low as it goes because of what she's putting my family through dragging this through the press on a non-stop basis," she said. She also highlighted the fact that Cooper was also accused of rape; the victim testified against him during the murder trial in 1982. Mary Ann believes that this is something Kim must be made aware of. The mother said, "[Kim] portrays herself as being for women's rights and for the women's movement and yet she is supporting a rapist and a murderer."
Kim Kardashian Helps To Free a Murder Of Children, Believing in His Innocence

In spite of this, Kim does not seem to want to drop the case. The Kardashian sister has successfully lobbied California Governors Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom to request additional DNA testing in Cooper's case in an attempt to prove that the accused was framed for the crime and did not commit it himself, a narrative he has maintained ever since he was accused of the series of murders. Only time will tell if Kim is in the right for defending him, but for now, she continues to face severe backlash.
Kim Kardashian Helps To Free a Murder Of Children, Believing in His Innocence