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Charges were dropped today against a Rockford man who was freed from prison after more than two decades behind bars for a killing he didn’t commit. Outside of a Winnebago County courtroom, John W. Horton Jr., 41, hugged family members and a cadre of supporters who spent years trying to clear his name.
“I’m blessed. I’m truly blessed. I’m grateful,” said Horton, the father of two daughters. He said he feels “a lot of hurt starting to go away.” Horton was convicted of the Sept. 19, 1993, murder and armed robbery of Arthur Castaneda in Rockford. Horton was 17 years old at the time Castaneda was fatally shot during a robbery at a McDonald’s restaurant, located at that time at 2715 Charles St. He was sentenced in 1995 to natural life in prison without parole. Read more.
After 13 years in prison for first-degree murder, a Baltimore man walked free Tuesday afternoon as the Baltimore state’s attorney’s office joined his defense team in asking for his exoneration. State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby formally apologized at a news conference to Lamar Johnson and his family for what her office now believes was his wrongful conviction.
The Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, which investigates suspected wrongful convictions, began looking into Johnson’s case in 2010. Last year, the project presenting its findings to the state’s attorney’s Conviction Integrity Unit — the first of its kind in Maryland — which, after its own investigation, agreed that Johnson was innocent. Read more.
Selwyn Days was acquitted Tuesday in the 1996 slayings of an Eastchester millionaire and his home health aide, ending his fifth trial and setting him free after 16 years of incarceration. The verdict, on the second day of deliberations in White Plains, vindicated Days’ claim that he gave a false confession when Eastchester detectives interrogated him in 2001, more than four years after the bodies of Archie Harris and Betty Ramcharan were found in Harris’ 4 Berkley Circle home.
Days and his lawyers held hands as the jury forewoman said “not guilty” to both charges of second-degree murder. Moments later he was able to hug his brother, Stelwyn, who had sat through all five trials. Read more.
A Lowell man who spent three decades in prison has been formally exonerated. Victor Rosario was convicted of setting a 1982 fire in Lowell that killed eight people, including five children. The conviction was based mainly on inspectors determining the fire was intentionally set and a written confession that Rosario says he signed because he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol and did not understand English.
Rosario was released from prison three years ago after the state Supreme Judicial Court upheld a ruling ordering a new trial. The lower court judge said there were questions about his confession and about the fire investigation techniques used decades ago. Read more.
A team with the Northern California Innocence Project based at Santa Clara University ended 12 years of dogged legal wrangling last week when their client was cleared of molestation charges that put him in prison and made him register as a sex offender.
Ed Easley, a 62-year-old electrician, was accused and convicted of molesting a 7-year-old in Shasta County 24 years ago. Since then, it came to light that he had been scapegoated because the young victim was protecting a juvenile male cousin at the behest of family members. Read more.
Around the time he confessed to killing 12-year-old Christina Brown in an abandoned apartment, Detroit police came under scrutiny for some of their tactics. Whether LaMarr Monson’s confession to the Jan. 20, 1996, murder would stand up today is a key reason Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy decided to dismiss first- and second-degree murder charges when Monson won a new trial.
In addition to the confession problem, a new witness has testified there was a different killer, newly discovered fingerprints corroborate the witness’s claim, and Detroit police have lost key evidence. Read more.