News 04.25.12

Seven DC Men Fight to Overturn Murder Conviction

On Monday, seven men, six of them still incarcerated, appeared in a Washington, D.C. courtroom to challenge murder convictions they claim are the result of false confessions and “tunnel vision.” 

The men were convicted of the 1984 murder of a 48-year-old woman and have maintained their innocence over the years, reported NPR. Among them is Christopher Turner, who is out on parole and still challenging his conviction.

This was a verdict of questionable validity,” argued Rob Cary, a lawyer who made the opening statement for all of the men trying to throw out the case. “There is an avalanche of new information today that we submit undermines confidence in the verdict.”

Recent DNA testing on newly discovered evidence was unable to exonerate the defendants, but it didn’t implicate them either. There have been four witnesses who have recanted their stories since the 1985 trial and a Superior Court Judge will hear from each of them over the course of the two-week-long hearing.

The Mid Atlantic Innocence Project is assisting with the case.

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