DAVIS, LARRY & ALAN NORTHRUP: Oddee online -
116,434. After serving nearly 18 years of a 20-year prison sentence for the rape of a housekeeper, two men were set free and compensated in millions when DNA evidence exonerated them of the crime. Larry Davis and Alan Northrup were locked away in Clark County, Washington in 1993 when DNA evidence wasn’t available.
But when it did become available, the University of Washington’s Innocence Project picked up the case and went to work, eventually freeing and exonerating Northrup and Davis in 2010.
The men settled with the county for $5.25 million each. Oddee online report ‘10 of the Worst Wrongful Imprisonment Cases’
DECHAINE, DENNIS: Crime Stories TV - Portland Press Herald online -
16,718. A young girl is murdered. The killer sent away for the rest of his life. Sixteen years later some say the police got the wrong man. Crime Stories: Lost in the Woods
16,719. At 3pm on July 6th 1988 police were called to a house ... Two days later searchers found the body of Sarah Cherry. ibid.
16,720. Dechaine has always denied any involvement in the murder. And now his defence team says they have the evidence to prove it. ibid.
16,721. Dennis Dechaine has spent the last seventeen years behind bars. ibid.
16,722. The official cause of death was strangulation. ibid.
16,723. He very possible could be the wrong man. ibid.
16,724. Dennis didn’t get a fair trial. ibid.
16,725. The legal fate of Dennis Dechaine now rests, as it has for 25 years, in the hands of Superior Court Justice Carl Bradford.
Dennis Dechaine, shown in court in Portland on Thursday, was convicted in 1989 of the murder of 12-year-old Sarah Cherry.
Bradford, 80, retired in 1998 but is still an active judge and is called upon to preside over certain cases, including that of Dechaine, whom Bradford sent to prison for life in 1989.
On Thursday and Friday in a Portland courtroom, Bradford listened to testimony from DNA experts. He now awaits written arguments from the defense and prosecution before he determines whether Dechaine is granted a new trial. Portland Press Herald online article 9th November 2013
DE MENEZES, JEAN CHARLES: Alex Jones - BBC online - 7/7 Crime & Prejudice - Mail online
16,726. London police were later forced to admit that Mr de Menezes never ran from them, wasn’t wearing a heavy coat and that a special army unit had killed him execution style with over ten shots to the head at point blank range. (Miscarriage of Justice: de Menezes & Police) Alex Jones, The Truth About the London Bombings
16,727. Government whistle-blowers and police have also been suspended and arrested for telling the truth. (Miscarriage of Justice: de Menezes & Police) ibid.
16,728. The authorities then conveniently claimed that all the surveillance cameras malfunctioned that morning. ibid.
16,729. He half tripped ... They pushed him to the floor and basically unloaded five shots into him. BBC online article 22nd July 2005, I Saw Tube Man Shot, eye-witness testimony
16,730. That the British state can be complicit in murder and get away with it was shown only fifteen days after 7/7 with the murder of Jean Charles de Menezes. Apparently, mistakes and bad luck led the police to wrongly identify Menezes as a suicide bomber. They followed him into a police station and onto a train before pinning him to the floor and shooting him several times. 7/7: Crime & Prejudice
16,731. The Metropolitan police were found guilty, but only on health and safety grounds. ibid.
16,732. Counter-terrorism officer sues Met over de Menezes ‘cover up’: A Christian counter-terrorism officer involved in the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes is suing Metropolitan Police over allegations that senior officers tried to cover up vital evidence. Mail online article 27th August 2011
DEWEY, ROBERT: Oddee online -
116,431. He was released 17 years later when DNA technology surfaced and exonerated him of the strangulation murder of a 19-year-old woman in Palisade, Colorado.
Dewey was compensated financially for his wrongful imprisonment, but certain things remained that he couldn't get back, including the funeral of his only son.
Dewey was locked up when his son died and was buried, and during the birth of his grandchildren, as well – all for a crime he didn’t commit. Oddee online report ‘10 of the Worst Wrongful Imprisonment Cases’
DILLON, WILLIAM: Oddee online -
116,428. Just days before he was supposed to try out as a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers in 1981, a talented 21-year-old ballplayer was arrested on murder charges in Florida.
William Dillon, now 53, was convicted of the crime. He purportedly showed up at the beach where the body was found, despite a reliable alibi. It didn’t help that an inmate, in a ruse to shave time off his own sentence, lied and said that Dillon confessed the murder to him while awaiting his trial.
After serving 27 years behind bars, Dillon was exonerated of the crime and set free with the help of DNA technology and the Innocence Project.
Despite it all, Dillon, a musician who plays in a band with fellow exonerated convicts, sang the creed to freedom with his own rendition of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ at a Tampa Bay Devil Rays game in 2012. Oddee online report ‘10 of the Worst Wrongful Imprisonment Cases’
DIXMOOR, FIVE: True Crime with Aphrodite Jones TV - CBS online - Innocence Project online -
16,733. A fourteen-year-old girl brutally assaulted. Five young men convicted of the horrific crime, but twenty years later new evidence surfaces that reopens old wounds. True Crimes with Aphrodite Jones: Confession and Lies
16,734. Taylor signs his own hand-written confession implicating himself and the four other boys. ibid.
16,735. They become known as the Dixmoor Five. ibid.
16,736. The DNA sample that was founnd in Cateresa's body belongs to a sole male, and it doesn't match any one of the boys in the Dixmoor Five. ibid.
16,737. There’s no physical evidence at all linking the Dixmoor Five to the crime scene. ibid.
16,738. None of the Dixmoor Five routinely hung out together. ibid.
16,739. The Dixmoor Five are innocent. ibid.
16,740. Willie Randolph ... He may have just got away with murder. ibid.
16,741. Chicago (CBS) — Once, they were teenagers — convicted of the 1991 rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl in Dixmoor. Now the Dixmoor Five are adults: freed from prison by DNA, and they are suing authorities who investigated the case.
Four of the Dixmoor Five stood with their lawyers on Wednesday to announce the filing of federal lawsuits against Dixmoor Police and Illinois State Police officers.
‘I spent 20 years locked up for a crime I didn’t commit,’ said James Harden, who is one of the five. ‘I come home to nothing, for something I didn’t do. I just want the people to do the right thing, whatever that is. God bless you.’ CBS online article 17th October 2012