• Petitioning John Kasich, Governor of Ohio

This petition will be delivered to:

John Kasich, Governor of Ohio

Grant David Thorne a new trial.

    1. sue thorne
    2. Petition by

      sue thorne

      akron, OH

David Thorne was deprived of a fair trial in 2000. He was found guilty of murder for hire based on the coerced confession of an 18-year-old acquaintance and was inadequately represented by counsel. He deserves the chance to be properly represented and to clear his name. He is innocent.


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    Reasons for signing

    • Angela Stuart AKRON, OH
      • about 7 hours ago

      David should get a new trial this wasn't a fair trial at all.

    • Melissa Kahler TIPTON, MO
      • about 10 hours ago

      Its time for David to be free. He is no more guilty of this crime than you or I. The fact of the case is the crime scene wasn't secured properly nor was it processed properly, and evidence doesnt prove that David or Joe had anything to do with this crime. The knife used to murder Ms Layne had a thumb print on it, yet the thumb print didnt match Joe Wilkes (who stated he murdered her and David paid him to do it). How can someone elses fingerprints be on a knife that was used to kill Ms Layne if Joe did it? There was sufficient evidence at the scene that wasnt processed properly and not DNA tested. The fact of the matter is, David Thorne did not murder Ms Layne nor did he hire Joe Wilkes to murder her. He is an innocent man and doesn't belong, nor did he ever belong, in prison. Please take a look at www.wcodt.org and review the case, look at the evidence. If this were your family and you believed them to be innocent you would do whatever necessary to prove their innocence and while David isnt family hes a part of the Wrongful Conviction Community and we are one big family. We just want what is right and want true justice to be served. The murder is likely still out there and has likely murdered others because they got away with Ms Laynes murder. Please grant him a new trial or exonerate him of all charges and free him. Please do this case justice by upholding the very thing the court system has sworn to uphold. Thank you, Melissa Kahler

    • Arthur Rutherford ORLANDO, FL
      • about 19 hours ago

      Because of the coerced confession by his alleged accomplice, lack of evidence, and an inept police investigation.

    • Amy Hoffman COLUMBIA, MO
      • about 20 hours ago

      There are too many wrongful convictions. Lets make sure we have this right. If they had it right the first time, so be it, however....... with existing evidence, lets give it another go! Grant David a new trial!!

      • 8 days ago

      My boyfriend has been locked up since 2002 for a crime that never happened and was wrongfully convicted.


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