Earl Jefferson fighting for his freedom.

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Attention Brooklyn, DA 

My good friend Earl Jefferson has been in prison since 1991 for double murder, he should be  free, after key witness admits to erroneous testimony..........so as a friend I ask.........what's the hold up?

                                                                 E.PONCH SCARLETT


Earl Jefferson has managed to get an associate’s degree during his time behind bars in double murder case that he did not do.

BYCHRISTINA CARREGA-WOODBY
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, October 31, 2016, 4:00 AM


The witness for the prosecution changed the story two years ago that got a Brooklyn man sent away for double murder — but inmate Earl Jefferson is still fighting for his freedom.

Jefferson, 44, is about halfway through serving a sentence of 50 years to life for the March 27, 1991, killings of Ronnie Fisher and Eric Starling on Pacific St. and Kingston Ave. in Crown Heights.

New court filings suggest he should never have been behind bars at all. A week before the murders, Jefferson was shot twice in the leg and his friend Curtis Regis was killed.

Jefferson suffered proximal sciatic nerve damage, an unstable left ankle and the inability to move his left leg, according to papers filed in Brooklyn Supreme Court last week. Five days later, Jefferson hobbled out of Kings County Hospital on crutches and with a cast on his leg. The following day, Fisher and Starling were killed.

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Fisher’s cousin, Michael Gaylord, who was present at the shooting, pointed out Jefferson as the gunman.

Despite a half-dozen alibi witnesses and Jefferson’s medical records, the jury relied on Gaylord’s testimony to convict.

Twenty-five years later, Jefferson’s attorney, Darren Fields, has filed a motion requesting a judge to order a hearing that may result in a new trial or an exoneration.

“We will review the motion,” said a spokesman from the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office.

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At the time of the 1992 trial, several pieces of evidence regarding Jefferson’s case were not turned over to the defense — including grand jury minutes in which a co-defendant’s case was dismissed and testimony from another witness who identified different shooters.

Gaylord recanted his testimony to Fields and told the DA's Conviction Review Unit in September 2015 that he made a mistake.

“Since the trial, I ... realize I made a grave mistake in wrongfully identifying Earl Jefferson as one of the shooters,” he said in a sworn affidavit in 2014, in which he explained he felt pressure at the time.

“I want proper justice for my cousin and friend, but I don’t want the continued injustice of an innocent man,” said Gaylord.

During Jefferson’s stay at Sullivan Correctional Facility, he made several failed pro seeds motions to overturn his conviction. He also earned an associate’s degree in HUMANITY, how ironic 

To date the CRU, which exonerated 21 convicts in the two years District Attorney Ken Thompson — who died in October — held office, has not made a decision about Jefferson’s case.

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