Denovian Royster/STOP INJUSTICE NOW!!
Denovian Royster/STOP INJUSTICE NOW!!
Denovian Royster is currently serving a Life-Sentence (which will ultimately be a death sentence) if not overturned on a Post-Conviction Relief Act Petition (PCRA) in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. Incarcerated since June 1991, Denovian maintains he was wrongly convicted and he is actually innocent. Denovian needs signatures of support from his community, friends, family, and even strangers who want to help restore – J-U-S-T-I-C-E – in helping to free Denovian. Denovian is asking the Philadelphia Integrity Unit (DA’s Office) for an expeditious review of his Letter Application (20 pages).
1. A witness [Name being withheld] stated that Denovian confessed his involvement to him in the shooting death of a 32 year old man on Thursday, May 02, 1991, Approx. 10:15-20 pm, in the 1800 Block of Dallas Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
a. This [witness] after a failed counseled cross-examination (1992), and several unsuccessful attempts to interview [witness] (over the years), and nearly a quarter of a century later, [witness] finally decided to tell the truth. He gave an interview to Joseph P. Alercia II (of American Detective Agency);
b. This [witness] is admitting that he was coerced by retired Philadelphia Homicide Detective Manual Santiago #823 to initially blame the crime on Denovian by physically assaulting and intimidating him with threats of arrest and promise, etc. [Witness] withheldinformation/evidence as a result of fear of Detective Santiago/Police Dept.;
c. According to [witness], Manual Santiago hurt him and psychologically abusing him. Detective Santiago had manipulated evidence known only to the Philadelphia Police Department. Detective Santiago knew that the Philadelphia Police had recovered one of the murder weapons [a 9mm pistol] from the vehicle of a family member of [witness]. Subsequently, Santiago’s coercion to [witness] caused him (2ndstatement) to incriminate Denovian with the person whose car the weapon was recovered. Unknown until May 30, 2017, the [witness] obtained this information from Detective Santiago. Detective Manual Santiago’s coercion fabricated a case against Denovian Royster.
2. In addition, hidden during Denovian’s 1992 trial is the fact that Santiago had a consistent behavior of corruption in murder cases over the years (1988-1993)(Santiago coerced many witnesses). The city of Philadelphia settled a wrongful conviction case where he was a defendant for $9,850,000.00.
3. There was an alleged eyewitness [an off-duty police officer]. He could not identify Denovian’s photo, but appeared in court (10 months later) and made in-court identification. This identification was fabricated with corrupt retired Philadelphia Homicide Detective James Morton #933. At trial, [ODP/O] and Detective Morton came up with a new and different story. [ODP/O] stated: He picked out Denovian’s picture but said he would have to see him in person to be sure. ‘He came down to the first level of his patio in front of his house, and saw several males run past him’. It was a naked lie.
d. Detective Morton’s misconduct began with Denovian’s case, and his pattern of corruption can be seen over the years (1991-2013)(makes up theories, takes statements knowing the ID’s are false).
e. Almost 3 decades later, [ODP/O] told private investigator Mr. Alercia that, “after hearing gunshots, when he came downstairs, he only went to his front door, he remembers, because he was in the nude”. This new revelation calls into question “the entirety” of [ODP/O](alleged eyewitness account) credibility. Detective Morton – The City of Philadelphia also settled a wrongful conviction case where Morton was a defendant for $9,850,000.00.
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