India Spellman freed after judge dismisses 2013 murder conviction

India Spellman freed after judge dismisses 2013 murder conviction

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A 29-year-old woman is free to go home after her 2013 conviction was dismissed by a Philadelphia judge Thursday morning. Judge Scott DiClaudio said former prosecutors didn’t turn over evidence to defense attorneys in the case against India Spellman, who was found guilty by a jury for the 2010 murder of … Read more

Dozens accused a detective of fabrication and abuse. Many cases he built remain intact.

Woman looking into the distance

by Samantha MelamedUpdated May 13, 2021 The Philly DA has stipulated to coercion by Detective James Pitts, who helped build seven murder cases that were dismissed, acquitted, or overturned. He remains in the Philadelphia Police Department. This is Part 2 of Losing Conviction, a series about homicide investigations in Philadelphia As Morkea Spellman waited impatiently in the … Read more

Man convicted of drug offenses entitled to new sentencing

SEP 8, 2019, PHIL RAY, pray@altoonamirror.com A federal magistrate judge has issued an addendum to a recommendation he made in mid-August, raising the possibly that a convicted Altoona drug dealer could end up with lower minimum prison sentence than he is now serving. The inmate, Charles Bellon, 40, who is serving a 31- to 62-year … Read more

New trial for man who was set up

Father and daughter

by Mensah M. Dean, Posted: November 3, 2017 A Philadelphia judge on Friday threw out a murder conviction and sentence of a man who has been behind bars since 2008, ruling that the homicide detective who arrested him fabricated evidence and provided trial testimony that was so prejudicial it should have resulted in a mistrial. The ruling by Common … Read more

Man exonerated after fabricated evidence discovered

Father and daughter

by Mensah M. Dean, Updated: March 27, 2019 A Philadelphia man who has served 10 years of a life sentence without parole for a 2008 murder in Kensington, and who claims he was framed by a tainted city homicide detective, was ordered released from state prison Wednesday after the District Attorney’s Office withdrew the charges. Dwayne Thorpe, … Read more

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