Justice for Juan Rayford, Jr. and Dupree Glass
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Juan Rayford, Jr. and Dupree Glass have been in prison for 16 years for a crime they did not commit. We are demanding that Jackie Lacey, LA County DA, immediately allow Rayford and Glass to be released from prison and not be retried.
In 2004, 18 year-old Rayford and 17 year-old Glass attended a party in Lancaster, CA. Following the party, a fight broke out. Amidst the scuffle, shots rang out and caused panic. Eight bullets struck the house but no one was seriously injured. The only medical treatment required was Band-Aids for two individuals with scrapes.
The prosecution's entire argument relied on the conflicting testimony of two individuals who accused Rayford and Glass of being the shooters. There was no forensic evidence—no fingerprints, no video recordings, and no ballistics—that proved Rayford and Glass were the shooters. The defense also failed to call other witnesses who would have testified that Rayford and Glass were unarmed. Ultimately, the prosecution was able to manipulate the kill zone law to wrongfully obtain a conviction.
After two days before an all white jury and a white judge, the jury convicted Rayford and Glass to 11 counts of attempted murder under the kill zone law and one count of shooting at an inhabited dwelling, plus 220 years for gang and firearm enhancements (the California Court of Appeal set aside the enhancements in 2006). Based solely on false testimony and false allegations of gang involvement, the court sentenced Rayford and Glass to a life behind bars for a crime that neither of them committed, for an incident where no one was injured or killed.
Rayford and Glass filed for writs of habeas corpus, arguing that the jury was improperly instructed on the kill zone theory. On June 16, 2020, after sixteen years of appeals, the court held that the evidence presented at trial was insufficient to apply the kill zone theory. Accordingly, the court reversed Rayford and Glass's convictions of the 11 counts of attempted premeditated murder.
We have learned that the DA's office, led by Jackie Lacey, may attempt to retry Juan and Dupree's case even though their convictions were overturned. Retrying this case would be a waste of time and a miscarriage of justice. Jackie Lacey, we are asking you to immediately allow Rayford and Glass to be released from prison and not be retried.
We are Innocence Rights of Orange County, a legal advocacy group staffed by students at the UC Irvine School of Law and led by attorney Annee Della Donna. We have represented Juan and Dupree in their appeals since 2014.
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