Being Innocent Is Not The Only Thing You Need
If you think being absolutely innocent of committing a crime is a good defense, you are mistaken. William Dillon, Wilton Dedge, and Juan Ramos are all men Brevard County Prosecutors sent to prison for murder based on trumped up evidence. William Dillon and Wilton Dedge spent decades in prison before DNA evidence led to their exoneration. Even after DNA testing was done, Brevard County Prosecutors fought to keep the men in prison. Juan Ramos was initially sentenced to prison before he was acquitted on retrial.
In each case, prosecutors used a dog handler who claimed his dog could perform miraculous feats of tracking and jail house snitches who received years off their pending prison sentences in exchange for their false testimony. Judges and juries were all too willing to trust the prosecutors when common sense would tell anyone that this evidence was tainted.
Some people believe that a witness will not take the stand and lie or that police will not ignore evidence that does not fit their version of what happened. In reality, it happens every day. Eyewitness testimony has been shown, in study after study, to be unreliable. However, judges are not required to tell juries that eyewitness testimony is unreliable. Instead a prosecutor is allowed to elicit testimony from a witness that they are 100% certain in their eyewitness identification. This is unfair and mistaken eyewitness testimony has led to many an innocent person being in prison.
An experienced criminal defense attorney knows how to attack the State’s case. If you have been charged with a crime, call us and put our 131 years of combined criminal litigation experience to work for you. Mario, Gunde, Peters, Rhoden & Kelley, LLC is the largest and most experienced criminal law and family law firm in Brevard County. We have one of the few private attorneys in Brevard qualified under the Supreme Court Rules to try the most complex cases: death penalty cases. Call or email for a free initial consultation.