John was 18 years old when he was arrested for a murder he did not commit. The truth has been locked away with John in a cell since 1993. In July 2010, John effortlessly passed a polygraph performed by a retired career law-enforcement officer. Soon after, the sole eyewitness was interviewed and immediately explained that he felt pressured by the police to implicate John. When John heard the news of the recantation, he wept. John insisted that we try to get the witness to submit to a polygraph test. We quickly obtained the witness's consent and a polygraph examination result that confirmed the truthfulness of his recantation.
Of course, John is delighted with the recent developments, but none of it comes as a surprise He knew he would pass the test and he knew the witness could not have seen him. John was miles away at the time of the shooting.
What he does not know now is how long it will take for this news to translate into his freedom.
More about John's journey here.
"Male blacks," bloods in a red car.
Other witnesses contradicted Mvuemba; all reported seeing a black car, possibly a Ford Taurus. No one reported getting a good look at the shooter's face.
In the ambulance. Mvuemba is reported to have said:
"That a red unknown type of American vehicle drove by his location and shot at him. Victim stated that the guys were Rollin 20's blood gang members."
"On Wednesday some bloods came into the neighborhood and were in a traffic accident. They got out and some guns were fired. Some went and got guns and ran them out of the neighborhood. DeAnthony showed me what happened and on Thursday me and DeAnthony were on 17th St. walking back over to 17th & Rimpau to look again when this guy come driving down the street real slow. The guy stopped and started shooting. I got hit first. The left side of my stomach. I got down behind a truck. DeAnthony just stood there. He just kept shooting. The guy was young. His hair was "Fade" cut with braid that hung over his forehead. He was driving a newer red Toyota, possible Celica."
"He heard from a friend that 'One Punch' possibly from 20's was bragging about doing the shooting."
Mvuemba also recalls telling the police that the same friend told him that "RC" did the shooting. Police heard from other unidentified sources that "RC" was responsible for this shooting.
"I saw a car drive W/B [westbound] slow. This car was red. The car stopped and the driver started shooting at us. I ran toward a parked truck and was ducking. That's when I got hit. I think there was another car because I heard a lot of shooting. I looked back after the shooting and I saw DeAnthony on his hands and knees and I ran back to a man across the street. DeAnthony was trying to call my name. I got dizzy and couldn't get back up. The guy I saw driving the car was about 17-18 yrs old, braided hair. I saw him before in school a few years ago, maybe in Jr. high."
Mvuemba was walking eastbound with DeAnthony when he saw a red car drive by slowly. Mvuemba heard shots, then ran eastbound, stopped and turned toward the car, at which time he claimed he saw John Smith in a black 2-door car (looked like a Nissan). "I didn't know [John Smith], but I recognized his face back from elementary." On cross-examinatiion, Mvuemba admitted that he narrowed the choices to two people, John Smith and the guy in position number 6, before settling on John's picture.
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