Thursday, August 06, 2009

once again, thank the goddess for the

connecticut innocence project. i cannot even imagine being behind bars for 21 years for a rape and murder YOU DID NOT COMMIT

(i can't imagine convicting, even partically based on the testimony of one witness who had a stake in protecting someone ELSE who was a suspect, either)

DNA Tests Clear Man Jailed Since Late 1980s Of Homicide
The Hartford Courant

NEW HAVEN — - A man serving a 50-year prison sentence in the rape and homicide of a Wallingford woman more than two decades ago was granted a new trial Wednesday after recent DNA tests showed someone else committed the crimes.

Kenneth Ireland, 39, was ordered released without bail by Judge Richard Damiani and is with his family, 21 years after he was taken into custody, said Karen Goodrow, director of the Connecticut Innocence Project, which took Ireland's case two years ago.

"It's really exhilarating," she said. "He's just doing really well."

..........A witness, Marilou Flaler, testified during the trial that Ireland and another man, Donald Glover, told her and her boyfriend that they had raped and killed Pelkey. A third man, Max Arizmendi, also was supposed to have been with them.

No one else was arrested in the case. Both Glover and Arizmendi are now dead.

Ireland's public defender, Donald Dakers, challenged Flaler's testimony, saying she gave police a statement a year after the homicide for a $20,000 reward and to protect her boyfriend's brother, John Card, who was a potential suspect.,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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