¨ The Truth.
¨ 1990 Chicago, Illinois: Lathierial Boyd was arrested, convicted and sentenced to 82 years in prison for allegedly killing one man and paralyzing another because of a longstanding drug debt.
¨ The Whole Truth.
¨ The Honorable Judge Shelvin Singer presided over Lathierial Boyd's bench trial (a trial without a jury) and returned with his guilty verdict based on what he heard and saw in the courtroom during the trial. But did he see and hear all of the factual evidence?
¨ Nine out of the nine eyewitnesses, who viewed the police lineup, could not identify anyone as the killer.
¨ After the lineup, when the police pointed to Lathierial Boyd as the suspect, Jennifer Bonnano, one of the nine eye witnesses emphatically stated, "You have the wrong man!" Ms. Bonnano’s statement was withheld from the defense and the judge never heard her testimony. Ms. Bonnano later signed a sworn affidavit.
¨ Lathierial was wholly excluded from any forensic evidence left at the scene of the crime. There was no physical evidence linking him to this crime.
¨ The paralyzed victim, Ricky Warner, was shot in the back of the neck from behind and rendered unconscious before his body fell to the ground. When the police initially questioned him in the hospital, Mr. Warner stated "I did not see who shot me." Three days later he changed his story.
¨ A Nurse who was present in the hospital room when Ricky Warner initially told the police that he did not see who shot him, signed a sworn affidavit as to what she heard that day.
¨ Ricky Warner’s brother, James Fleming, also signed a sworn affidavit telling the world that his brother told him that he did not see who shot him.
¨ Harold Casey and Angela Boyd both signed affidavits that Lathierial was with them from 8pm until 9am at the time of the shooting. Harold Casey was a 12 year veteran Cook County Sheriff.
¨ Twelve years later, WGN News Chicago aired their investigation into Latherial Boyd's case. Due to the new evidence WGN uncovered, the State’s evidence that was produced in the original trial was later ruled as false by the court of appeals during an evidentiary hearing.
¨ Beyond a Reasonable Doubt.
¨ 22 years ago, Judge Singer convicted and sentenced Latherial Boyd based on the evidence presented at the trial. Since that time, knowledge of what was NOT presented to him has come to light. Further, evidence that was presented to him has been ruled as false. And, some who were silent back then have since come forward.
¨ Even Judge Singer, now retired, believes the case should be revisited.
¨ Enough doubt has surfaced. Now it is time to see if it is reasonable.
¨ Justice for All.
¨ Navigating through the complex and exhaustive labyrinth of procedural law has been a costly lesson in futility and to date has not produced any lasting results in Lathierial's case. Since the originally flawed trial, all of the lower and upper (State and Federal) court proceedings and subsequent rulings have stemmed from the original trial and conviction. While the biggest and most tragic mistake our justice system can make is the wrongful conviction and imprisonment of an innocent person, the reality is that revisiting closed cases takes a back seat to investigating open ones.
¨ This is where, We the People, can step forward. To urge those in power to help make the right thing happen.
¨ Please sign our petition for a new trial and join us in the pursuit of the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth regarding the night that Michael Fleming (then 19 yrs old) was killed and Ricky Warner (then 22 yrs old) was shot and paralyzed.
¨ Justice for the shooter of these boys and Lathierial Boyd needs be served beyond any reasonable doubt.
¨ For more information, police records, court documents, affidavits and the well documented corruption in Chicago visit: http://finaljustice4lathierial.com/