The Oklahoma Innocence Project is taking steps to free a man they say was wrongfully convicted of a murder which occurred outside a Tulsa strip club in December of 2001. Willard O’Neal was convicted and sentenced to life without parole for the shooting death of Bruce Chamberlin, who was gunned down in the parking lot of his club, the Trapeze Lounge.
The Oklahoma Innocence Project’s interim legal director Christina Green filed a brief in June which alleges that a key witness lied on the stand in order to avoid charges in her own criminal case. The brief includes testimony from Gene Agee, a part-time bouncer at the club, who said a dancer told him that a female bartender asked a patron for help in robbing Chamberlin only days before the crime. The brief alleges that the same woman then lied to police about O’Neal’s involvement in order to shield herself from prosecution for the incident. The brief goes on to say that alternate suspects at the scene of the crime gave police alibis which have now been proven false.
“I don’t believe for one minute that he actually committed this crime,” Green told
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