KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -- Charges against Pete Coones were officially dropped Thursday in a local double murder which is now considered a murder-suicide.
Coones legal team argued Kathleen Schroll wasn’t a victim. She was the killer. And that she killed her husband then turned the gun on herself.
KCTV5 News is closely following the case of Pete Coones. Coones swears he’s innocent in a 2008 double murder conviction.
Kathleen placed a frantic call to her mother claiming Pete Coones was in the house. Coone’s legal team says that’s not true. Kathleen was simply trying to pin the crimes on a third person. Coones has served more than 12 years in prison.
Coones legal team recently discovered a 4th bullet in the case by reviewing old crime scene photos. The judge seemed baffled at the original work done by KCKPD and how detectives failed to connect the dots.
Pete Coones heads back to Wyandotte County Court with new information in the double murder he’s convicted of. His legal team argues they have proof Coones is a victim and not a killer.
The recent hearing reviewed Kathleen Schroll’s financial records which revealed financial pressures.
New testing revealed gunshot powder on Kathleen Schroll’s own hands. Why that testing never originally took place is unknown.
The judge said there were important lessons to be learned from this case and Coones was lucky to have excellent legal representation which exposed a much different version of events.
The judge had tough words for the former prosecutor and the methods used- which includes a jailhouse informant that even the judge characterized as unreliable.
Olin “Pete” Coons is currently serving time for the 2008 double murder of Kathleen and Carl Schroll.
Ed Brancart is no longer a prosecutor with Wyandotte County. He’s now the senior assistant Attorney General for the state of Kansas. We reached out to that office for comment.
Coones' legal team included the Midwest Innocence Project and the Morgan Pilate law firm.