Monday, December 13, 2010

He's FREE!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for all of your support and prayers!! More will follow but for now ....

Criminal charges were dropped Monday against a Raymore man who was the subject of an investigation into thefts at several rural Walmarts.
Glenn Stevens, 74, took a lie detector test in Versailles, Mo., on Monday and then the newly elected Morgan County prosecutor informed him that the charges against him had been dropped. Stevens had been accused of stealing $1,500 worth of computer equipment from a Walmart store in Versailles."It's hard to describe how I feel," an emotional Stevens told KCTV5's Dana Wright. "It really is. It's relief knowing we don't have to continue waiting. We don't have to ...."Surrounded by his wife and family, Stevens broke down crying after learning his five-month long journey through the legal system was coming to a close.From the moment of his arrest last July in a string of Walmart thefts, Stevens and his wife of 54 years, Irene, swore that he had never set foot in the Walmart store in Versailles.At 6 a.m. Monday, the Stevens family headed to Versailles for a meeting with the prosecutor. The prosecutor agreed that Stevens was not the person that was captured on surveillance video."Clearly the build is different," said Prosecutor Dustin Dunklee. "Clearly it is a taller person because of the way the cart hits him. They had a lot of video. When he grabs things off the shelf he uses his left hand. Longer hair. Whiter underneath. Glasses. Glenn has perfect vision. There were just a lot of things that made it clear it was not Glenn."Stevens remains charged in two other thefts at rural Walmarts. His attorneys continue to work to get those charges dropped. Those charges are based on the case in Versailles and the attorneys believe those charges will also be dropped now that the Versailles charges have been dropped.The Stevens family said they will never go to Versailles or set foot in a Walmart store.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Message to Wal-Mart

This came from Glenns niece Kathee through a friend of hers. Thank you Shaylyn for your letter.  It is a wonderful letter and the family appreciates everything.

I just sent the following feedback to Wal-Mart's corporate headquarters. It may not make a bit of difference, but I wanted you to know.

 Dear Sir or Madam,

I have recently become acquainted with the case of Mr. Glenn Stevens in the state of Missouri via the social-networking site Facebook. I have to say, I was terribly disappointed to hear that a company like Wal-Mart with the ability to do so much good was persecuting a very obviously innocent 74 year old man.

I reference an article from the Kansas City Star, which may be found here:

I find it appalling that with clear evidence to exonerate this gentleman, Wal-Mart and the various localities mentioned continue to persecute both him and his family to tremendous mental and financial detriment without justifiable cause.

I would expect significantly better from a company that is as far-reaching and supposedly committed to doing what is right for the communities it serves.

I implore you to look into this situation further, to dismiss all charges, and to make proper restitution to this man and his family. Especially as the holidays approach. I cannot imagine how they must feel with such a horrible situation hanging over their heads during what should be a joyful time of year.

Until such time as this is resolved, I feel I cannot support Wal-Mart. Injustice in any form is horrific. When an elderly man is suffering due to improper due diligence in large by Wal-Mart personnel, I seriously question whether Wal-Mart is an company with which I can feel good about spending money. Based on the article, this man and his wife have been suffering for five months as of now.

I truly hope that this is some sort of oversight and that Wal-Mart, in a commitment to truth and fairness will drop all charges, formally apologize, and make amends to the Stevens family. I sincerely hope to be able to shop at Wal-Mart again in the future, as it has always provided great values for my family. However, in light of this situation, I cannot in good conscience shop at your stores until this matter is resolved satisfactorily.

I thank you for your time and consideration, and hope that the next article I read regarding this situation will state that Wal-Mart has rectified the circumstances fairly and justly.

Shaylyn Baker



The November TV sweeps period is now history.  Kansas City's TV stations did a wide variety of sweeps pieces--some good, some not-so-good and some horrrible ones.
    At least one sweeps piece by KCTV investigative reporter Dana Wright is destined to become an award-winner as she was the first KC journalist to report on the bizarre story of the arrest of 74-year-old Glenn Stevens, who has been charged with a string of robberies at Walmarts in three states. (See her explanation of the story below.)    Stevens and his wife of 56 years, Irene, 72, are the parents of five children and live in a senior community in Raymore, MO. He worked most of his life at a landfill and today he and Irene operate a modest office cleaning company.
    Their peaceful life was completely turned upside down on July 1 when police announced they had a warrant for his arrest. He thought it was some sort of mistake and went to the police station to clear things up.
    Shortly thereafter police tossed him in jail for the first time in his life. His bail was set at an unbelievable $30,000 in cash. The stunned family had to frantically come together to raise the funds.
    "We actually had to take $30,000 in cash to the jail to get dad out," says Glenn's son Tom. "We were scared to death to even go there with that kind of money."
    The stunned family sent an email to local media outlets asking for help, and Wright immediately jumped on the story.
    "Dana Wright is a great person,"Tom told Bottom Line. "We really don't know what we would have done without her.  And she has promised us she isn't going away."    
      Wright's superb sweeps piece (11/11) highlighted that Glenn Stevens has proof he was nowhere near at least one Walmart robbery in question.
    "How can this be happening in this country?" a visibly upset Stevens asked Wright. "I can tell you it's happening to me, and I’m living the nightmare every day."
    Footage taken by Stevens' lawyer of him scared and crying in jail was extremely moving.
    So far, the Stevens family has been forced to mortgage one family home and spend $70,000 trying to clear his name.  Irene has been hospitalized for two days because of the stress.

     Veteran Kansas City Star reporter Donald Bradley did an extensive front-page story outlining the plight of the Stevens in an article titled "Theft charges create nightmare for Raymore couple" thant ran November 26.
    "(Glenn) He and Irene are old school. In life, money and, especially, love," wrote Bradley. "Glenn has no bigger believer in his innocence than his wife. He didn’t do it and she’ll tell you how she knows."

     WDAF-FOX reporter Monica Evans interviewed the Stevens for a piece (11/29).    The Stevens, Dana Wright, their attorney Daniel Miller and family members went on the "Shanin & Parks" show (12/3) on KMBZ-980 AM). Listen to (link to Podcast) Glenn explain his story and break down over the entire incident. 
      In fact, Darla Jaye, who was subbing for Mike Shanin on the show, was so stunned by the story that she will have the Stevens on her show "980 Live With Darla Jaye" tonight (6- 9 p.m.).
      Ironically, Glenn and Irene Stevens had never done a media interview in their lives until they sat down with Dana Wright, who calls the entire story "astounding.


WRIGHT DISCUSSES THE STEVENS STORY  KCTV's sterling investigative reporter Dana Wright discussed with Bottom Line the background details that resulted in the story of the Glenn Stevens story:
    "Our team spent five months following the Stevens family and we continue working every day to get to the bottom of the Walmart thefts.  It's one of those stories that keeps us up at night.  
I can tell you, it appears none of the small town police departments are working together to solve the cases.  Glenn has been charged in three small towns.  
I have personally spoken to authorities who tell me they have no independent information linking Glenn to crimes in their jurisdiction.  Police are simply basing their case on Glenn's original arrest out of Versailles. 
One thing that didn't make it into our story?
Glenn and Irene have owned his own office cleaning company for 20 years. He points out, if he truly wanted to steal computer equipment,  he has access codes to office complexes all over the city.  
Why would he drive three hours away to steal a computer mouse from Wal-Mart?   The Stevens have cleaned buildings for the same clients for two decades.  
The night he was arrested in the Versailles case? Irene left the police department with zero understanding of why they were taking Glenn away. She then drove, sobbing, to one of their clients buildings and finished cleaning for Glenn.  
She said to me, 'We have people depending on us."  This is the kind of family we are talking about.
  Please pass on our team's story, along with the surveillance photo of the thief.   I truly believe someone will eventually recognize the surveillance picture and turn in the group responsible for the Wal-Mart thefts.
Irene summed it up best when she said to me 'We're getting too old for this kind of stuff.'
It has been frustrating, as a reporter, to watch this story play out over so many months. Sadly, it appears this will drag on for the family for months to come. Glenn is due in court after the first of the year.   
We will be there."  

Saturday, December 4, 2010

KMBZ radio Interview

Also listen in on Monday 12/06/2010 @ 6pm to KMBZ Live radio for a 2 hour broadcast!!

CLICK HERE to listen to the broadcast. This is a recorded copy of the original - we are working on getting the actual podcast.

Versailles Police Department

Day 156

Removed for now.... may repost at a later date.

PLEASE TWEET and help Get word out on twitter

We're trying to get #GlennIsInnocent trending on Twitter - visit to retweet my original Tweet, or make your own, but be sure to use the hashtag of #GlennIsInnocent   (thank you to my great friend Krystal Seidel for help with getting this tweet/trend set properly - posted by kathee - niece of Glenn and Irene)

Thank you to Groucho For his Blogspots!

A Raymore MO Family Man Gets Criminally Railroaded by Walmart-Police

He has taken on writing about this case on his blogspot too.  Thank you for your support.

Theft charges look like shabby prosecution!

Theft charges look like shabby prosecution!
Barb Shelly

Here’s an excerpt from Don Bradley’s story in today’s Kansas City Star about 74-year-old Glenn Stevens of Raymore, Mo., who faces extremely flimsy charges of stealing goods from three Walmarts and is a suspect in thefts at nearly 20 other stores.
After that first night in the Cass County jail in Harrisonville, Glenn was loaded into a crowded van and transported to Morgan County. He said a police officer told him that he would get a chance to prove his innocence. Glenn thought it worked the other way — that the state had to prove his guilt. But he’s prepared either way.
Actually, Stevens is right. And it’s pretty shocking that he got charged in these thefts, although he doesn’t own the getaway vehicle, he doesn’t look like the theft in a surveillance video, and he was supposedly fingered by his brother, Charles, and Glenn doesn’t have a brother named Charles.
Also, his family and his attorneys claim that cell phone records, a bank deposit slip and a dinner receipt would show that Stevens was nowhere near the Walmarts he supposedly knocked off.
Wouldn’t you think prosecutors would give the guy a chance to present his alibi before charging him with a crime, making him spend nights in jail, and forcing Stevens, his wife and children to ante up $70,000 in legal fees and costs to cover their nighttime cleaning business?
Two of the prosecutors involved are showing signs of backing down. Prosecutor Jerry Hathaway of Allen County, Kan., agreed that the case against Stevens looked “fishy,” and said he would drop the charge in his jurisdiction if nothing more substantive turned up.
That’s good. But Hathaway and the other prosecutors should have insisted on the higher standard in the first place.

South Kansas City Observer blog

South Kansas City Observer blog

There's a serious miscarriage of justice going on and it's going on right here in the Kansas City metro. It came to big light after KCTV5 aired their special report on the arrests of Raymore resident Glenn Stevens in late November. They'd been contacted by the Stevens family in the summertime and worked on the investigation for several months.

The story was also picked up by the Kansas City Star. Today, Mr. Stevens, his wife Irene, their lawyer and Channel 5's Dana Wright were guests of the Shanin and Parks Show on KMBZ. Blogger Groucho of Capt. Spaulding's World has also been following this case.

In a nutshell, Mr. Stevens has been accused of stealing from retail giant Wal-Mart. He has been charged with thefts at three Wal-Marts. They have actually been looking at him as a suspect in a string of thefts from 20 Wal-Marts! He has never been arraigned for these three known charges, but he has been taken to jail. For the Nodaway county case, he was jailed with a cash only bond of $30,000, a bond more appropriate to a violent crime involving a weapon! He spent July 4th in jail due to these charges and this ridiculous bail.

Mr. Stevens has proof that he was elsewhere during the alleged theft from the Wal-Mart in the Nodaway county town of Versailles. They won't even look at it. During Dana Wright's report, the police officer makes the outrageous statement that Mr. Stevens will have to work to show his innocence of the charges--an exact reverse of how the system is supposed to work!

As a sign of support to this innocent man, The Observer has his picture up on the side bar. Clicking on the photo will lead you to Glenn Stevens is Innocent--a blog maintained by one of his children. Leroy Stevens is putting everything about the cases he can up on the blog so it will be a vital way to stay in touch with this awful case.

Also you should read Groucho's posts on the matter as well, here, here and here. I know it's tough, but consider boycotting Wal-Mart--at least until they admit they are wrong and remove themselves as complainant in these bogus charges.

This man is just two years older than the Observer's mother and was born the same year as the Observer's late father--I am trying to imagine my mother going to jail for something she didn't do and would never consider doing. It's just outrageous.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Probable Cause Statement Form

 Probable Cause this link will open a pdf file

Notice the incorrect spelling of Mr. Stevens' name.   Notice the NAMES OF those Wal-Mart Employees who have falsely identified Mr. Stevens Notice the first line that says "knowing that false statements on this form are punishable by law, state that the facts contained herein are true"

You can bet your bottom dollar that the information on said report are FALSE!

74-Year-Old Man Pegged for Thief Attempts to Clear Name

read about it here:,0,3719519.story


Day 150

Everyone should keep checking back on this site.  I plan on posting absolutely everything I can get concerning this case.  Glenn Stevens has done nothing wrong and has nothing to hide.  I will post everything the legal system releases.  If the “authorities” are going to persecute (yes persecute I used the word I wanted) an innocent man they are going to do it in sight of everyone.  Tell your friends to watch this site.  The Versailles legal system and Wal-mart are on display.

DAY 148-Probable Cause Statement

I wanted everyone to see the probable cause statement produced by the Versailles police department.  Specifically by officer Gregory Berry.  Now as we analyze this statement lets keep in mind that this particular officer believes people are guilty until they can prove themselves innocent.  Watch the video these are his words not mine.  First let me state the Versailles police department nor the Morgan county prosecutors office have officially provided this probable cause statement.  150 + days after being arrested we the accused still do not have anything official telling us what was stolen or what their “evidence is”.  The first problem is PO Berry has misspelled Glenn. 

  1. A search of DMV records, (the same ones PO Berry used to get Mr Stevens’ License photo) would reveal Mr. and Mrs Stevens have never owned a 1995-1999 Ford Taraus let alone a white one.
  2. If Mr. Stevens was a suspect in an attempted stealing case in Joplin, and if as PO Berry states they had a valid license plate number, why did nothing come of that case?  
  3. How many of us have gone into a Wal-mart and identified ourselves to employees, as PO Berry alleges Mr. Stevens did? 
  4. Then using the latest in investigative techniques, PO Berry takes one photo (drivers license) an unspecified number of days later to show it to the Wal-mart employee.  The employee promptly identifies Mr Stevens as the thief.  We know neither Mr. Goodling or PO Berry could have compared the photo and the video because as most people can see (see tv5 investigation) these two men do not look alike.

Now lets really look at the probable cause.  If you don’t own a car someone has on video that someone else months earlier (unknown when) says your license plate was on a different vehicle (alleged a red Mercury van) and a employee may have seen someone (old or white or male or any combination of the thousands of people they see in a day) then you too could get arrested in Versailles Missouri.  Apparently the prosecutor will sign anything without questioning it. 

We will not be able to find out what the prosecutor was thinking because this brave man, the one who has an innocent man arrested in the middle of the night over a long weekend, refuses to speak with our lawyers, refuses to speak with media, won’t allow us to seek information (subpoena cell tower info, casino video).  The defender of citizens who continues to move the case down the calendar instead of charging.  This man who has sworn to uphold the constitution of the united states is retiring and is just apparently too busy to be bothered with something as unimportant as justice.

Last point for those of you who still believe talking to the police will “clear up” whatever the question is.  As evidenced by this case the police do not even have to talk to you at all to have you arrested, incarcerated over a long weekend, and tap your bank for thousands of dollars.  Right, justice, and fairness does not count in statistics for promotion.  Number of arrests is the key.  Never cooperate with the police, cooperation makes it easier for them to meet their goal----arrests.  But then again they can arrest you if you have never talked to them or been in their town.   HHHMMMMMM

Friday, November 26, 2010

Theft charges create nightmare for Raymore couple

Glenn and Irene Stevens raised five children in the south Kansas City area. Now in their 70s, they are fighting to clear Glenn in alleged thefts.  Glenn and Irene Stevens raised five children in the south Kansas City area. Now in their 70s, they are fighting to clear Glenn in alleged thefts.

Each morning, Irene Stevens of Raymore gets up and checks a Missouri courts website to see if her husband has been charged with knocking over another Walmart.
Irene had never heard of Casenet before July 2. That was the evening police officers showed up at the couple’s home with an arrest warrant for Glenn, the high school sweetheart she married in 1954.
While the officers waited, Irene called Glenn, who cleans office buildings at night to supplement the couple’s retirement income.
Don’t worry, he told her. Has to be some kind of mistake.
“I left my mop bucket and went to the police station,” he said in a recent interview.
Within seconds of walking into the Raymore Police Department, Glenn, 74, was handcuffed and headed to jail, charged with stealing a shopping cart load of electronics from a Walmart in Versailles, Mo.
He has since been charged with similar Walmart heists in Maryville, Mo., and Iola, Kan. He’s also suspected in nearly 20 others, stretching from the middle of Kansas to Illinois, in cities such as Joplin, Fort Scott, Manhattan, Hannibal and Kirksville.
Video surveillance, vehicle license plates and photo identifications all point to Glenn, according to court documents.
The Stevenses and their children said the man in the one video that they had seen looked nothing like Glenn, the license plate was wrong and the whole thing had been a nightmare for a senior citizen couple with five children, 18 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and for whom the occasional buffet dinner at a casino qualified as a big night out.
The charges stem from an “obtained” license plate of a red Mercury Villager, the complicity of Glenn’s brother, Charles, and, supposedly in Versailles, a report that Glenn identified himself as Glenn Stevens to store employees before stealing merchandise, documents say.
Glenn and Irene’s only vehicle is a silver Dodge Caravan, and Glenn has no brother named Charles.
“And why would a thief go up to store employees and tell them his name?” asked Andy Russell, one of Glenn’s attorneys.
So far, Glenn and Irene, with help from their children, have shelled out $70,000 for lawyers, private investigators, fill-in workers for the cleaning business and travel to courthouses in three counties.
Glenn also spent four nights in jail. Those were the hardest times, Irene, 72, said in the recent interview at the couple’s dining table. She put a hand over her mouth.
“When he got out, the grandkids saw him cry.”
Glenn has three upcoming court appearances, although none in Joplin where Glenn was first suspected in an attempted theft but never charged.
Last week, though, one prosecutor called the cases “fishy.” Jerry Hathaway, attorney for Allen County in Kansas, postponed a preliminary hearing until January and said if investigators don’t come up with more evidence he would drop the Iola charges.
In this case, the suspect was accompanied by a woman.
In Morgan County, the office of prosecuting attorney Marvin Opie said he would respond to questions about the Versailles case if questioned were faxed. Those inquiries were faxed on Nov. 5. Opie said Wednesday no response would be coming.
And in Maryville, public safety director Keith Wood said he wasn’t confident the case in Nodaway County was strong, mainly because the evidence came from elsewhere.
Meanwhile, a 51-year-old Sedalia man and a 35-year-old Topeka man were arrested last month in Maryville, charged with stealing at the same Walmart that Glenn allegedly hit. The two allegedly did it in much the same way: through the lawn and garden fence. They were caught in the store parking lot at 2 a.m. — with the goods.
The two, neither of whom looks like Glenn, were later charged in Saline County in Missouri with the same thing. They are suspected in several other Walmart thefts in three states.
Glenn and Irene think Walmart spread Glenn’s name through the company’s theft reports.
A Walmart spokesman last week put it all on police.
“We have a great partnership with law enforcement, but ultimately they are the ones who file charges,” Dan Fogelman said. “We share information with them, and they do the rest.”
He declined to answer questions specifically about Glenn Stevens.
Glenn got out of jail once for charges in one county only to be arrested again almost immediately for charges in another. At one point, Irene thought she was having a heart attack, and Glenn rushed her to the hospital. Turned out to be anxiety.
Through it all, authorities have not served a search warrant on the Stevens home. Irene said maybe she had watched too much TV, but she thought one of the first things police did in a theft case was search the suspect’s home.
“Where do they think we’re putting all this stuff?”
The couple has asked Raymore police that if any more warrants come in, please just call and don’t come to the house. Glenn will go down to the station.
“We just don’t know what to do,” Glenn said in the recent interview. He pulled on his chin while shaking his head.
“It’s never ending. We can’t get away from it.”
Video surveillance at 4:07 p.m. Feb. 27 showed a man wheeling $1,525 of electronic equipment — TVs, computers, DVD players — to the lawn and garden area at the Walmart in Versailles.
He puts the items in trash bags and leaves the bags near a chain-link fence. The man then walks out the store’s front door to, according to a store employee, a mid-1990s white Ford Taurus.
He drives to the outside of the garden area, uses bolt cutters to cut a hole in the fence, grabs the bags, puts them in the car and the car leaves.
According to a court document, that suspect is identified as Glenn Stevens by Scott Hastings, an “asset protection officer” for Walmart, who had been investigating an attempted theft in Joplin, in which a license number traced back to Irene Stevens. The document said the plate number was “obtained.” It does not say how.
According to Glenn’s attorneys, Hastings told a private investigator the vehicle in the Joplin attempt was the red Mercury van. The license plate on Glenn and Irene’s silver Dodge van does designate a handicapped driver, however, just as the court document notes.
The document also said that the vehicle used in the Versailles theft was a mid-90s, white, Ford Taurus. Glenn’s attorneys said they were told that the car traced to a Charles Stevens.
“They think that is Glenn’s brother,” Russell said this week. “Glenn doesn’t have a brother by that name.”
The document goes on to say that Officer Gregory Berry later showed Walmart store employees the driver’s license photo of Glenn Stevens. The employees identified him as being the thief. On June 23, Morgan County prosecutors filed charges of burglary, stealing and property damage against Stevens.
Stevens’ name would soon be spreading through Walmart theft reports all over Missouri and Kansas, said former Jackson County prosecutor Dan Miller, who is another of Glenn’s attorneys.
Leroy Stevens was fly fishing near his home in Colorado when his sister called to tell him that their dad had been taken to jail. Leroy, the oldest son, chuckled. He figured his father would get things straightened out and have a funny story to tell later.
But soon Leroy and his sister were hustling to come up with a $30,000 cash-only bond to get Glenn out of jail.
Leroy, who spent 20 years in the Army and now works for a defense contractor, got in his truck and headed for Kansas City. He has since made three other trips, each time a trip to court with his parents.
“I’m where I’m at because of my dad’s hard work — we all are,” Leroy said. “He did what he did so we don’t have to.”
The children sent Glenn and Irene to Hawaii on their 50th wedding anniversary.
Glenn is a blue-collar guy. He dropped out of Manual High School during his junior year because he needed to go to work — and he wanted to marry Irene.
They were not of age — he was 17 and she was 16 — so their parents had to sign permission.
Their first child, a daughter was born a year later.
“We got married so young and so fast that I know people checked the calendar,” Irene said. “That was back when things like that mattered.”
For 42 years, the family lived in the Ruskin area of south Kansas City. Glenn drove a trash truck much of that time. He and Irene pushed their children toward school so that they could it easier in life.
But they couldn’t afford college tuition. So the children did it themselves with good grades, scholarships and student loans.
Never has any of the five doubted their father’s innocence.
Leroy has seen images from the surveillance video.
“Looks like an old white guy,” Leroy said. “Lot of them out there, and at least one is stealing stuff from Walmart, but it’s not my dad.”
He and the others try hard to not let anger take over.
Leroy was challenged early.
When he sent that first bail money on the July 4 holiday weekend, only one place could handle the transaction:
After that first night in the Cass County jail in Harrisonville, Glenn was loaded into a crowded van and transported to Morgan County.
He said a police officer told him that he would get a chance to prove his innocence. Glenn thought it worked the other way — that the state had to prove his guilt. But he’s prepared either way.
First off, the attorneys said the man in the surveillance video looked nothing like their client. When asked by a detective in Hannibal if she could question Glenn, Miller said absolutely — with the stipulation that she also watch the video with Glenn in the room.
“I never heard a peep after that,” Miller said.
Miller and Russell also have asked prosecutors to subpoena Glenn’s and Irene’s cell phone records to see where Glenn’s phone was at the time of the thefts. Investigators can learn what tower was used for which calls.
The attorneys also said a deposit slip put the couple at a Commerce Bank in Belton at 4:24 p.m. the day of the Versailles theft, which occurred at 4:07 p.m. The couple also have a $43.64 receipt for dinner at 5:07 p.m. that day at the Great Plains Cattle Co. restaurant inside Ameristar Casino, where they often go on Saturdays to eat and play penny slots.
Versailles is about 117 miles, or about two hours, east of Kansas City.
So far, no prosecutor has sought those records, the attorneys said.
It is also standard procedure for police to show photos of several people when asking a witness to pick out a suspect. Berry, the Versailles police officer, showed employees just one: Glenn Stevens.
That is “bad police work,” said Sean O’Brien, a professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School.
Doing so is inherently suggestive.
“When you show a witness just one photo, you are telling the witness that you think this is the guy,” O’Brien said.
And there is this: Glenn is suspected in nearly 20 cases. Only three counties have filed charges.
Glenn’s next scheduled court date is Dec. 7 for a preliminary hearing in Nodaway County.
On the wall in the Stevens’ living room is a photo that shows them as happy, young sweethearts.
The photo is torn, held together by tape.
“We could get it fixed for a hundred dollars, but we just did it the best we could and put it back in the frame,” Glenn said.
He and Irene are old school. In life, money and, especially, love. Glenn has no bigger believer in his innocence than his wife. He didn’t do it and she’ll tell you how she knows.
“He’s never out of my sight long enough to do those things,” she said.
Glenn recently received a document from Walmart advising him that it had been “determined you have engaged in conduct that is unacceptable.” The “Notification of Restriction from Property” bars Glenn from any Walmart store.
The document has a place for the recipient’s signature.
Shouldn’t have bothered, Glenn said. No way would he ever shop at Walmart now.
He worried, though, that signing would be an admission of guilt.
So did he sign?
“Hell, no.”
Crime never pays, they say.
But, in the end, if Stevens is found innocent of the charges, justice won’t come as much of a bargain, either.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Bottom Line Communications

He's a 73-year-old hard-working man with an office cleaning company living in Raymore, MO.
He's been married 56 years to his loving wife, Irene.
However, in an instant his peaceful life was turned upside down.
On July 1 the police knocked on Glenn Stevens' door and announced they had a warrant for his arrest for a string of robberies at Walmarts in three states and things have not been the same since.
That was the alarming scenario outlined by KCTV5 investigative reporter Dana Wright, who told of the plight of Stevens in an alarming sweeps piece (11/11). Although Stevens had proof he was nowhere near at least one Walmart robbery in question, he has now been charged in three cases.
"How can this be happening in this country?" a visibly upset Stevens asked Wright. "I can tell you it's happening to me, and I’m living the nightmare every day."
Footage taken by Stevens' lawyer of him scared and crying in jail was extremely moving.
So far, the Stevens family has been forced to mortgage one family home and spend $70,000 trying to clear his name. Irene has been hospitalized for two days because of the stress.
Anyone who can identify the person identified in photos on the KCTV site as committing the robberies should notify police immediately.
Maybe then Glenn and Irene Stevens' life can go back to normal.

KCTV 5 Investigation:

Wrongful Arrest

View the details. See the Images for yourself. It's ludicrous that the legal system allows this to continue.