The Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies at the Kansas University School of Law plans to review the case against the Lawrence man convicted of the deadly Boardwalk Apartment fire.
The fire at the apartment building on Oct. 7, 2005, killed three people. Jason Rose, who lived at Boardwalk, was convicted of setting the fire and is serving 10 years in prison on three counts of manslaughter.
Alice White, attorney for the Project for Innocence, said her office was contacted by someone who knew Rose, asking the group to take a look at Rose’s legal case.
After a preliminary review, White said she was concerned about some aspects of Rose’s appeal, as well as the overall investigation of the case.
“We’d just like to review it,” she said.
Rose, who confessed to investigators days after the blaze, has since maintained his innocence.
There’s a chance that no more options for appeal are available, White said. A Kansas Appeals Court denied an appeal filed by one of Rose’s court-appointed attorneys, Kari Nelson, in March 2010. Rose then had a year’s window to file an appeal in the federal courts, but did not do so. That could mean there isn’t any legal avenue to keep case the alive, White said.
“We need to figure out how to get it back in court,” she said.
Rose, who’s incarcerated at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility, is eligible for parole in June 2014.