Black People : Johnny Lee Savory: Still Fighting For Exoneration

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    Free Johnny Lee Savory

    Peoria, Illinois

    ...In The Interest of Justice.


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    THE FACTS

    On January 17, 1977, James Robinson, 14, and his 18 year old sister, Connie Cooper, were murdered in their Peoria home. By all accounts, it was a gruesome, senseless waste of life. It is no less to Johnnie Lee Savory. James was a close friend of Johnnie’s, a friend with whom he attended school. Grieving for the loss of a close friend at age 14 is painful enough. Imagine the pain in having to fight for you own life in the process. Johnnie Lee Savory was convicted for the murders of his friend and his friend’s sister. For 22 years, his life has been a living hell. To fully comprehend Johnnie’s misery, you have to look at the facts of the case. He was convicted on one piece of evidence; coerced, inculpatory statements made after hours of grueling interrogation. Statement, which on appeal, the Court deemed never should have been allowed. On January 25, 1977, Johnnie Lee Savory was abducted from his school by the Peoria Police Department, vigorously interrogated, stripped naked so hair sample could be taken from his body, and coerced into confessing to a crime that he had not committed. This confession was the sole piece of evidence the State had to justify their torture of this young boy. There was no physical evidence linking Johnnie to the crime scene.

    ...COMPLETE HERE: http://friends.peoria.lib.il.us/community/freejohnny.html
     
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    Advanced DNA Testing Sought in Effort to Clear Johnnie Lee Savory of 35-Year-Old Peoria Murders
    [​IMG]Johnnie Lee Savory (Photo: Center on Wrongful Convictions)​


    PEORIA, Illinois (Nov. 14, 2012) - Center on Wrongful Convictions lawyers filed an expansive motion in the Circuit Court of Peoria County requesting advanced DNA testing that they contend can prove that Johnnie Lee Savory did not commit a 1977 double murder for which he spent more than two-thirds of his life behind bars—from age 14 to age 44—before he was released on parole in 2006.
    Savory has sought DNA testing since 1998, but Peoria County prosecutors opposed it and the courts denied it on the ground that the requested testing could not yield a result relevant to his claim of actual innocence. Now, however, the technology has advanced to a point where it could be used on previously untestable evidence that has the potential to yield, to quote the CWC motion, “practically irrefutable evidence of Savory’s innocence.”
    Savory was twice convicted of the murders of siblings James Robinson Jr., 14, and Connie Cooper, 19, who were found stabbed to death in their Peoria home on January 18, 1977. The first conviction rested almost entirely on an alleged confession that the Illinois Appellate Court threw out in 1980 on the ground that the confession had been involuntary.
    In the face of the Appellate Court’s holding, then-Peoria County State’s Attorney John Barra was quoted by the Peoria Journal Star as saying that without the confession “there is no substantial evidence to tie Savory to the crime or the scene of the crime [and] I don’t know how it would be possible to try him without it.”
    ...complete here: http://www.law.northwestern.edu/wrongfulconvictions/newsandevents/savory.html
     
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