All Out for Terrell's Trial September 4th

Pack the Courtroom for Terrell's Trial!
  Tuesday  September 4th.
Trial may go through Friday. 
Court of Common Pleas - Allegheny Courthouse 436 Grant Street

Contact or call Bret 412-654-9070 for more info 

The Justice for Terrell Campaign, the Human Rights Coalition-Fed Up! chapter, and community members gathered outside the City County building in Pittsburgh in support of Terrell Johnson, a resident of Hazelwood who was framed and convicted on a murder charge in 1995. 

Terrell won a new trial in 2009 which has been postponed for three years.  He was offered a deal in 2010 to accept a lesser plea of 7-15 years and could have walked out of prison on time served.  He refused the deal because he is innocent.  His new trial was granted after newly discovered evidence proved the Commonwealth's only witness that implicated him in the homicide, Evelyn McBride, was lying and cutting deals with the cops in exchange for favorable treatment in her own cases.  
 Because of the lack of evidence against Terrell and the shaky testimony of the prosecutions only witness, Evelyn McBryde, the DA has convinced the victim's mother, Barbara Robinson, to testify against Terrell.

Verna Robinson was murdered on July 21, 1994, after Pittsburgh police officers dropped her off at her mother's home in Hazelwood instead of placing her in protective custody.  Verna was supposed to be in the witness protection program because of her testimony regarding another shooting in Hazelwood.  Two other men were charged in the shooting death of Verna Robinson.  One was convicted of a lesser charge of conspiracy.  The other was exonerated due to competent lawyering that exposed Evelyn
McBryde perjuring herself on the stand.

Although Barbara Robinson, the victim's mother, testified at all three previous trials that she could not identify any of the people who killed her daughter, she has now changed her story and said she could identify one of the assailants as Terrell.

"There is no physical evidence in this case," says Saundra Cole, Terrell's wife and lead organizer of the Justice for Terrell campaign.  "Every night, the cops and Commonwealth attorneys who conspired to frame Terrell and continue to hold him despite the proven absence of evidence get to go home to their family.  Terrell goes to sleep in a prison cell while his wife and children are forced to go another day without him at home."

Saundra is confident that long awaited trial will finally provide the opportunity to "let justice prevail" in this case.

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