Wednesday, July 06, 2005

1987

32. Georgia...Convicted 1980
Mr. Wallace was convicted and sentenced to death in the shooting death of a police officer. Wallace claimed that the shooting was accidental and that he was acting in self-defense because the officers beat him.The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a retrial because it was found that Wallace had not been competent to stand trial at his original hearing.Wallace was acquitted at his second trial based on the fact that the shooting was accidental.

31.
Florida...Convicted 1983
Ramos was sentenced to death for rape and murder, despite a jury recommendation that he receive a life sentence. The Florida Supreme Court vacated his sentence and ordered a retrial because of the state's improper use of evidence. There was no physical evidence linking Ramos to the crime.He was acquitted at his retrial.

30.
Florida...Convicted 1978
Peek was twice convicted of the rape and murder of an elderly woman despite strong alibi witnesses.He was acquitted at his third trial when expert testimony concerning hair identification was shown to be false.

29.
Texas...Convicted 1977
Sentenced to death for murder, a new trial was ordered on jury selection issues. The prosecution dropped the charges when a key witness refused to testify.

28.
Illinois...Convicted 1979
27.
Illinois...Convicted 1979
Cobb and Tillis were convicted for the first degree robbery and murder of two white men in 1977 after two mistrials ended in hung juries.In 1983, the Illinois State Supreme Court reversed the convictions and after several retrials where an assistant state attorney testified that the government's key witness, Phyllis Santini, had told him that her boyfriend had actually committed the murders, Cobb and Tillis were acquitted and released.

26.
Florida...Convicted 1974
Convicted and sentenced to death for first-degree murder on the testimony of a co-conspirator and jailhouse snitch, Ronald Floyd, claimed that he heard Brown admit to the murder.The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the prosecution had knowingly allowed false testimony to be introduced at trial.Brown came within 13 hours of execution when a new trial was ordered.Mr. Brown was released a year later when the case declined to retry the case.

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