He was arrested for the crime based on a deeply flawed, unreliable identification procedure. Three crime scene hairs had the same DNA profile that did not match to Alexander or the Innocence project new orleans.
Travis Hayes[ edit ] 17 year old Hayes was under the influence of marijuana at the time of his interrogation for the murder of grocery-store owner Tommy Vanhoose. In FebruaryAlexander, who is black, had a consensual encounter with a white woman who asked him for money and then later accused him of sexual assault.
Alexander was wrongly convicted, we have learned how to greatly reduce the possibility of misidentification through improved eyewitness identification procedures, but Louisiana has yet to adopt these best practices.
Ford in the murder and he was indicted for first-degree murder along with the other two men. The lead detective on the case was not available to conduct the line-up, so another detective conducted the procedure. Ford - shot and killed Rozeman.
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Last week, both the State and Mr. We know there are many more innocent people in prison today because their lawyers did not provide effective representation, or did not have the resources to put on an adequate defense. Alexander was the only person from the photo array who was shown again to the victim in the physical line-up.
He was not present at or involved in the murder. The victim, who was white, was grabbed from behind in the empty store by a black man and taken to a small, dark, private bathroom in the back of the store where she was raped from behind with a gun to her head.
Ford was released in March The charges against the other two men were dropped. The girlfriend of one of those suspects later implicated Mr. Alexander was just 21 years old when he was convicted after a trial that began and ended all in the same day. He placed himself at the scene of the crime, though could not give the police any details about the crime whatsoever.
Alexander who faced a mandatory sentence of life without parole, yet the attorney that he entrusted with his life did next to nothing to defend him. Although the attorney promised to file an appeal of the verdict, he never filed it.
Alexander has always maintained his innocence of the November 8,rape of the owner of a new antique store on Whitney Avenue in Gretna, Louisiana. Ford had done yard work for Rozeman, and after the murder, he gave police information about two potential male suspects.
Alexander never gave up and continued the fight to prove his innocence. Ford was tried and sentenced to death by an all-white jury.
Lead counsel was an corporate attorney who had never tried a case to a jury; co-counsel had been out of law school less than two years and was working at an insurance defense firm on slip-and-fall cases and had no experience in criminal law.
On November 5,Ford was charged with the murder of Isadore Rozeman, an elderly white man. He was questioned through the night by at least three different police officers without an attorney or even a parent present.
DNA testing later linked another, unrelated, man to the killing and both Travis and Matthews, were exonerated. The concealed file included information from an informant, a suppressed police report related to the time of the crime, and evidence of the murder weapon, which implicated the true perpetrator — one of the other two men originally charged with Ford.
Inprosecutors told defense counsel that a confidential informant stated that one of the other men charged in the crime had admitted to him that he - not Mr. Alexander was released from the Jefferson Parish jail today.
The prosecutors wrote in their motion: Without effective defense counsel, our system is nothing more than a conviction mill. Ford filed a petition in federal court.
Yet, police conducted a physical line-up three days later that included Alexander.The theme for the 17 th annual Innocence Project New Orleans Gala was "Together We Persist," recognizing the persistence over the years of IPNO staff and interns in solving cases, as well as the.
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The Innocence Project brought on Innocence Project New Orleans as local counsel, and the organizations sought DNA testing of the hair evidence. Three crime scene hairs had the same DNA profile that did not match to Alexander or the victim.
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