'Sick To My Stomach': Mum Of Murder Victim Blasts Kim Kardashian
Mary Ann Hughes said Kim Kardashian is causing her “immense pain” by meeting with Kevin Cooper -- the man imprisoned for her son's murder.
Following that news that Kim Kardashian has been advocating for another prisoner's release during her studies to become a lawyer, one victim's mother has spoken out.
Last week, Kardashian was seen embracing a smiling Kevin Cooper on death row last week at San Quentin State Prison in California, after talking with the inmate for several hours.
She later posted to social media regarding the meeting, saying, “I am hopeful that Kevin will be exonerated since DNA testing has now been ordered on Kevin’s case and I remain grateful to Governor Newsom for ending capital punishment in California."
Kevin Cooper was convicted of murder in the 1980s after the death of 11-year-old Christopher Hughes, who was brutally murdered during a sleepover at a neighbour’s home in Chino Hills, California, in 1983. Cooper was also convicted of the murders of Hughes' neighbours, Doug and Peggy Ryen, and their daughter, Jessica. The Ryen's 8-year-old son, Josh, was found with his throat slit but survived.
Hughes' mother, Mary Ann, has since criticised Kardashian, saying that the publicity surrounding Cooper has brought about more grief over her son's death.
“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,” Hughes told TMZ.
She added that Kim "obviously has not read all of the actual evidence -- she has bought into half-truths perpetrated by the defence. 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 that it was Kim's star power that Cooper’s lawyers are after, and that they're simply “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.”
It's the latest in the star's mission to exonerate those wrongfully imprisoned, following her petition to free Alice Marie Johnson, who was serving a life sentence for eight non-violent drug offences. After Kim successfully drew attention to the case and met with US president Donald Trump, Johnson was granted clemency in June 2018.
Image: Twitter @kimkardashian.