Citing alack of living witnesses and suspects, the Jackson County Prosecutor's office finally cleared the Civil Rights-era Leon Jordan murder case.
Police re-opened it last year at the urging of Alvin Sykes who pushes authorities to re-open old civil rights homicide cases.
After three and a half months of re-tracing the 2,600 pages of evidence and tracking down witnesses, on Monday they came to the same conclusion as investigators did decades ago.
Jordan, a former Kansas City, Missouri, Police officer, state lawmaker and African-American community leader, was gunned down in July of 1970 as he left a tavern he owned near 25th and Prospect Avenue.
Police say that James "Doc" Dearborn, once Jordan's friend, murdered him with the help of two accomplices. Now all three suspects are dead.
"Literally you can't do a prosecution on deceased people, so they've cleared it," says Sgt. Richard Sharp from the Kansas City Police Department.
Police say there were numerous motives including Jordan's tie to the Mafia and a fight Dearborn and Jordan were supposedly having over Dearborn's wife.
Although they didn't get a clear motive, what police got is an ending, though not a perfect one.
"I would feel a lot better if it was being cleared with the prosecution of a person," says Alvin Sykes.