In 1998 James Evans was wrongfully convicted of murder and conspiracy to commit murder, and sentenced to 107 years in prison. Since his incarceration, James has been serving his time at the Menard Correctional facility in Chester Illinois. His case was problematic from the very start. While he was accused of killing Nekemar Pearson in Alton Illinois, the prosecutor's office was in possession of highly exculpatory evidence, where an Alton school police resource officer, who knew Pearson personally, had written an affidavit that reportedly established the officer had actually seen Pearson alive nearly a week and a half after the day in which prosecutors say James Evans had killed him (Police Affidavit ). State prosecutors suppressed that evidence, and Evans' trial jury never heard this crucial information, which also establishes at the very least, that Pearson wasn't killed on the day prosecutors allege that Evans had committed the crime.
The suppression of exculpatory evidence by prosecutors during a criminal trial is in fact a violation of the defendant's constitutional right to a fair and impartial trial, that has long been established by case law (Brady vs. Maryland), and that's not the only violation of the law that occurred during James Evans' trial. There was no evidence that connected Evans to the Pearson murder, but the prosecutor's office utilized the false testimony of a volume of state witnesses (very shady characters) who implicated Evans in the murder. Some of these same witnesses have since recanted their statements, and others were offered plea deals for leniency in their own pending criminal charges at the time (revealed through court transcripts) and that information was also suppressed by prosecutors from the trial jury as well. That's another violation of the law (Giglio vs. United States), and also violated James Evans' constitutional right to a fair trial.
However, the most damaging piece of evidence presented during trial against Evans, was the use of fabricated evidence. Audio tapes played before the jury during trial were so called wiretaps from conversations with Evans and known jail house snitchers, in which Evans was supposed to have confessed to the crimes. Yet, Evans has always contended that the audios were in fact several conversations edited to appear as one. The state's failure to turn over this discovery (tapes) to Evans' defense for the purpose forensic testing, to establish the authenticity of the recordings, and despite four (4) separate court orders directing the state to do so, bolsters Evans' argument of the evidence actually being manufactured.
Ultimately, the deliberate actions of state prosecutors to frame and convict an innocent man, could usually be rectified during an appeal of the original trial verdict. Although such a process general takes years to correct such an injustice, the state of Illinois' refusal to abide by the law not only impedes justice in this case, it also denies James Evans his constitutional right to pray before higher courts of law which hold jurisdiction in adjudication over Evans' trial court. The inordinate delay of Illinois hearing Evans' claims of innocent by any court official, is in fact an action of complicity in this horrible injustice. Learn more about this wrongful conviction and heinous act of injustice at The People's Champion Blog. This financial campaign is to fund necessary Radio air time via a dedicated podcast crafted to advertise his case and injustice for at least two years. If you ever wanted to do something to help some one who was framed by a corrupt criminal justice system, James Evans' case would be an extremely worthy and great opportunity. We thank you in advance for your donations and support. God speed!
Team Free James Evans
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