We’re seeking any Law Schools/ Universities or anyone that could possibly look into this case for him and give him some hope that there’s still a chance he’ll finally be given a fair trial.
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Please show support for Benny Lopez who has been incarcerated for approximately 24 years, for a crime he did not commit.
Benny was wrongly accused and convicted for a shooting offense which occurred in August of 1993. He was charged and convicted for one count of 1st degree murder, and two counts of 1st degree attempted murders. His judge sentenced him to 60 years for the murder charge and 15 years for each of the attempted murders. This judge stated the two 15 year terms would merge with each other, but would run consecutive to the 60 years for a total of 75 years without explaining on the record why consecutive sentencing was appropriate.
Prior to Benny’s incarceration in 1993, two suspects were arrested who had been positively identified as the two shooters in this case, however, in exchanged for a statement made by one of these suspects, alleging Benny had went to his home and confessed his involvement, the suspect was released without any charges pending. This same suspect would later testify that he was forced into signing this false statement against Benny.
Benny was arrested, then mentally and physically tortured when he was being interrogated; although it was documented in the police reports and throughout Benny’s trial, that Benny had begged to speak to an attorney and wished not to speak to these detectives-his requests went unanswered. These same detectives claimed that after Benny requested his lawyer, that he then made and oral confession stating he was the shooter.
During Benny’s trial, two of the prosecutions own witnesses, Chicago Police Officers, admitted under cross examination that Benny was not responsible for this crime and testified their reports indicated two other suspects were the shooters in this case.
Since Benny’s trial and conviction, he has obtained several affidavits from witnesses coming forward reiterating Benny was not responsible for this crime.
Prior to this case, on August 23, 1992, Benny was a victim of police misconduct from this same district. He was falsely accused and arrested for a gun charge where these detectives planted a weapon on him. This charge was immediately dismissed after the judge discovered deception in these detectives’ testimonies.
Please help us by signing this petition to show Benny support and give him some hope that there’s still a chance he’ll finally be given a fair trial. We’re seeking any Law Schools/ Universities or anyone that could possibly look into his case for him.
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