Stand with Clemente Aguirre-Jarquin

Stand with Clemente Aguirre-Jarquin

Stand with Clemente Aguirre-Jarquin, who faces retrial for a double murder he didn’t commit

On October 15, jury selection began in Seminole County, Florida for the retrial of Clemente Aguirre-Jarquin, a man who has already spent more than a decade in prison for a double murder that DNA testing proves he didn’t commit.

In 2006, Aguirre-Jarquin was convicted and sentenced to death for the murders of Cheryl Williams and Carol Bareis, two of his neighbors who were found stabbed to death in their trailer in in 2004. But after being sent to death row, his new lawyers, with assistance from the Innocence Project, secured DNA testing of crime scene evidence. Testing of more than 84 bloodstains taken from the crime scene excluded Aguirre-Jarquin as the source of DNAand identified someone else as the source. It turned out that this same suspect had already confessed to five different people that she had killed the victim . In 2016, the Florida Supreme Court unanimously overturned Aguirre-Jarquin’s conviction and death sentence.

But in spite of the Florida Supreme Court’s decision in his case, prosecutors have decided to retry Aguirre-Jarquin, and are again seeking the death penalty. The state’s decision to move forward with this retrial is inexplicable. The evidence overwhelmingly points to Aguirre-Jarquin’s innocence. Even retired Seminole Judge O.H. Eaton, who originally sentenced Aguirre-Jarquin to death, has said that the prosecutors are making a mistake. This week, he told the Orlando Sentinel “If I knew then what I know now, I probably would have ordered the jury’s verdict overturned.”

In the coming weeks, Mr. Aguirre-Jarquin and his attorneys will be fighting for his life. If there was ever a time he needed encouragement, it’s now.

Please, join the Innocence Project in uplifting Aguirre-Jarquin during this retrial. Send him a message of support above to let him know that he deserves justice.

 

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