Juan and Dupree were wrongfully convicted for a crime they did not commit in 2004 . The justice system failed them when they were only 17 and 18 years old, and they have been incarcerated for 16 years.
They were accused of shooting at a house where no one was seriously injured (two people were treated with Band-Aids at the scene). They were arrested at their high school and charged with 11 counts of attempted murder under the Kill Zone Law. This Kill Zone Law has been used to prosecute black people and other minorities to imprison them for excessive sentences. It is used by prosecutors to charge attempted murder without ever proving specific intent to kill. After a two day jury trial before a white judge and an all-white jury, Juan and Dupree were sentenced to 11 consecutive life sentences plus 220 years. The Los Angeles District Attorney lied to the court and misrepresented the law in closing argument, sealing the fate of these two young men.
They were not the shooters. The only evidence against them was the testimony of two witnesses, who both have changed their story. Today, June 16th 2020, the Appellate Court granted our Writ of Habeas Corpus reversing all charges and vacating their sentence.
Nobody can give these men the years that were wrongfully taken from them . . . but we all need to step up and do what we can to make sure that this does not keep happening to other innocent people.
Juan and Dupree are coming out of prison with only their experiences in society as teenagers. I am begging you today to please donate so they can have the financial means to start a new life. These men deserve a better life, one where black lives matter. #justiceforjuananddupree #blacklivesmatter