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."