Clear Tyrone Hood's name, an innocent man.
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After spending 21 years behind bars for a murder I did not commit, I walked out of prison a free man on January 12, 2015, after Illinois Governor Pat Quinn commuted my sentence. But even though I'm free and have proved my innocence to the Governor, I am still a convicted murdered in the eyes of the state of Illinois.
In 1993, when police approached me about the murder of Marshall Morgan Jr., I had no idea my case would be one of many impacted by well documented misconduct inside the Chicago Police Department at the time. Despite having no motive, I was convicted based on witnesses who later complained of police coercion, a lone witness discredited by science, and a set of fingerprints found among discarded rubbish.
My story gained national attention after a 2014 New Yorker article by Nicholas Schmidle exposed growing doubts about the case, including a re-investigation of the case by prosecutors. When the Exoneration Project brought my case before the Governor’s office to petition for clemency, I was joined by advocates all around Chicago, as well as the national Equal Justice Initiative and Alicia Key’s We Are Here Movement, in a plea to see justice done. The plea was granted.
Though I am no longer behind bars, I'm not at liberty to pursue the life I have dreamed of for so long: I’ve got to clear my name. I’ve got to walk free. This ankle monitor that has to be on my leg,--I got to get that off. I feel like I’m still locked up but in a different location. I just have to clear my name, and that is all I need. I’m just trying to get my life back.
Please sign my petition asking the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office to vacate my conviction.
After 8 years of investigation, my lawyers believe the real killer in this case is the victim’s father. After only being back in his son’s life for a few months, he took out a life insurance policy and collected over $44,000 after his son's murder. Two years later he would collect over $100,000 after his then-fiancé was murdered. The two homicides were eerily similar. The father, now behind bars, caught his second murder conviction after the 2001 murder of his fiancé in a crime that fit the pattern he started to establish with his first murder conviction in 1977.
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