That is how much prosecutors HATE self-defense. Man suing attorneys over wrongful murder conviction.
The suit for Terrence Haynes, 42, was filed Thursday in Urbana. His suit accuses two Kankakee County assistant state’s attorneys of encouraging an 11-year-old witness, Marcus Hammond, a first cousin of one of the prosecutors, to lie about Cezaire Murrell being unarmed when Haynes fatally shot the 18-year-old in 1999.
Hammond was the only eyewitness called by prosecutors, even though three adults at the scene told police that Haynes acted in self-defense after Murrell reached for a gun in his waistband. But none of those adults testified at Haynes’ trial, which resulted in his conviction and a 45-year prison sentence.
He wasn’t freed, but awarded a new trial. That witness has recanted his testimony, BTW, which is strictly separate from the suit.
Justice? Truth? A
Jedi cares not for these things. Winning at all costs. Winning by lying. Winning by concealing evidence.
That new trial was cancelled when the charges were dismissed.
And actually, Jim Rowe, the current State’s Attorney for Kankakee County, sounds like a stand-up guy.
“I am not able to comment on pending civil litigation,” Rowe said. “I have, however, taken the rarest of actions as a state’s attorney by joining in Mr. Haynes’ petition for a certificate of innocence (COI), which remains pending. I believe he is entitled to that COI and that is why I joined in the petition.”
That would expunge his record and entitle him to restitution.