Please Stop the April 25 Execution of Ivan Teleguz, an Innocent Man
The Commonwealth of Virginia plans to execute an innocent man, Ivan Teleguz, on April 25, 2017. We need to make sure Governor McAuliffe knows that there is too much evidence of Ivan’s innocence to allow this execution to go ahead. Please join the call for the Governor to intervene.
The government’s case against Ivan was based on false evidence. Three men said that Ivan hired Stephanie’s killer. But two of those men have since admitted that they lied in court – and sworn under oath that Ivan was not involved. The third, Michael Hetrick, confessed to killing Stephanie. He was offered a deal that spared his own life in return for saying that Ivan hired him to commit the murder.
The prosecutor coerced the witnesses. The witnesses have sworn under oath that they gave false testimony at trial because of threats from the prosecutor and promises she made to improve their sentences.
The prosecution tried to influence the jury by saying Ivan was involved in a made-up murder. At trial, the prosecutor argued that Ivan should be sentenced to death because he was involved in another murder in Pennsylvania, and was highly dangerous. It was later revealed that the testimony about the murder and the prosecutor’s argument were completely made up—the murder never even happened.
There is evidence that calls into question every part of the Commonwealth’s case against Ivan. There is too much doubt for Governor McAuliffe to allow this execution to go ahead. Please help make sure he knows that The Commonwealth is about to execute an innocent man.
Please help save an innocent man. Join the call for Governor McAuliffe to intervene.
Visit ivansprayerforjustice.org to learn more about Ivan's case.
I recently learned about an innocent man on Virginia’s death row—Ivan Teleguz—and I am deeply concerned that the Commonwealth plans to execute him on April 25, 2017. I am writing to request that you intervene, and stop the Commonwealth of Virginia from executing an innocent man.
There is just too much evidence that Mr. Teleguz is innocent, and that the government’s case against him is wrong. Two of the three men who testified against Mr. Teleguz have admitted they lied at his trial, and he was not involved in the murder of Stephanie Sipe. The third, who is the confessed killer, saved his own life by saying Ivan hired him. Now Michael Hetrick has a life sentence while Ivan Teleguz is facing execution.
It would not be right to allow the execution of an innocent man to go forward, in the face of evidence casting so much doubt on his conviction and his death sentence. Please use your powers to grant clemency, and stop the Commonwealth of Virginia from executing Ivan Teleguz.
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