YELL COUNTY, Ark. (WLS) — A Wilmington man who was accused and later acquitted in the disappearance and death of his young daughter has died in an outright accident in Arkansas.
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Former lawyer Kevin Fox tweeted Tuesday after learning about his death.
“I just found out that one of the best, the bravest & the kindest client Kevin Fox was killed in a car accident yesterday. Our sympathies go out to his family and all those who loved him. DIE. #TruthWins #LoveWins,” said attorney Kathleen Zellner.
“Kevin Fox's extraordinary life has come to a tragic end. Kevin will be remembered as a brave fighter for justice, the best husband, father, son and brother imaginable. He will be missed every day,” Zellner also said in a statement to ABC7. .
Fox was among two people who died Monday after a crash on State Highway 7 South near Dardanelle in Yell County, Arkansas.
According to the Arkansas State Police, Fox was traveling north on State Highway 7 South of Dardanelle when another vehicle, traveling on the south lane, crossed into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with Fox's vehicle.
Fox, as well as the other driver, who has been identified as Michael Glasscock, both died in the crash.
In 2004, Fox was accused of the death of her 3-year-old daughter, Riley, who was found dead in a river on June 6, 2004, several miles from her home in Wilmington, Illinois. She had been sexually abused, bound and gagged. The toddler's death was later determined to have been drowning.
Nearly five months after her daughter's death, Fox was arrested after a 14-hour questioning during which she said police coerced her into giving a false confession. Police have denied forcing Fox to confess.
Fox was charged with first degree murder for the death of his daughter. Facing the death penalty, he was held in prison on $25 million bail but was released eight months later after he was acquitted on DNA evidence.
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The DNA results from the state crime lab were initially inconclusive, but Fox's lawyer Zellner sent them to a private lab with more advanced technology, and it was determined the DNA did not match.
When the FBI began its investigation in 2009, it was two years after a jury awarded Fox and his wife at the time, Melissa Fox, $15.5 million for the Will County Sheriff's Office investigators' false arrest and willful emotional distress. The settlement is then reduced by about half.