A minor wrongfully convicted with 6 counts of 1st degree murder and tried as an adult.

A minor wrongfully convicted with 6 counts of 1st degree murder and tried as an adult.

August 3, 2020
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Started by Brianna Haight

In 2013, Traveontaye Berry was arrested and charged as an adult at the age of 16 for a murder he did not commit. In 2015, after two years of waiting, Traveontaye took a jury trial and was found guilty on six counts of 1st degree murder and 1 count of aggravated discharge of a firearm. 

Some things to keep in mind: 

  1. the only witness to the case, was a women who had lied multiple times within her interrogation (we have ALL paperwork) & she also lied in court on trial. She also tampered with evidence...& that evidence? SOME BULLETS, she hid them in a vent of her house. After lying to the police that the bullets weren’t there, she finally told them where she was hiding them. Why touch/hide evidence?
    Not to mention her own father came to trial, went on the stand, and said himself his daughter was lying. 

  2. Tray was arrested within a couple minutes of the shooting. Had absolutely NO GUN RESIDUE nor any firearm  on him whatsoever. According to the police report, Tray would’ve been shooting the gun while coming in the back door of the witnesses house...went back out the back door to dispose the weapon & back through the witnesses house out the front door where he was met by an officer on the sidewalk.
    But according to the witnesses report, she said that she couldn’t  see who it was, because it was too dark but saw him shooting while entering her house, was in there for maybe 10 seconds & out the front door. (If I’m able I will add documents of how many different stories she told within the interrogation  but that was her “final” story.) With that brings said, after she said she couldn’t see who was in her house, she was able to pick Tray out of a lineup & that’s what was the final decision to put him behind bars. 
  3. Some of the jurors on his trial were WELL ACQUAINTED with the State’s attorney who prosecuted him. How close? One juror was best friends with the States attorney’s wife. One juror coached with the states attorney for years. The other juror has been living next to the States attorney for 17 years. 

  4. Judge Bald violated Tray’s rights by reading the jurors an informational hearing with 6 counts of 1st degree murder, creating a bias thought to these juror, making the situation sound worse than what was at hand. 

  5. Coincidentally enough, this was this States attorneys LAST trial, he was retiring, trying to go out with a bang by wrongfully convicting an innocent  boy. 

Traveontaye Berry was sentenced to 52 years at 100%, making it to where he won't see the light of day until 2065! 
His rights were violated over and over in trial. Justice was NOT served. With all of the wrongdoings in this case, the very least he deserves is a retrial. All of these records are public since he was already convicted, so look it up & see for yourself, please!! We need to raise awareness of this case, and many others like it.
Please help me by SHARING this, contacting people you know who could help, or reach out to the family with any information you may have. Let’s bring home JR so can enjoy his life again.  #Justice4TrayBerry #Campaigninnocence #FreeTraveontaye

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