Glen Edward Chapman
State of Conviction: North Carolina
Race: African American
Wrongful Conviction: Murder
Exonerated Date: 2008
Years Served: 15
Glen Edward Chapman had poor representation and faced corrupt police investigators during his wrongful arrest and trial. His initial lawyer had been disciplined by the state bar association for incompetence and his other defense attorney admitted to a drinking problem – self-reportedly taking 12 shots of rum each night while working on another capital case. Furthermore, the chief police detective for the murder investigation later faced criminal charges himself for lying on the witness stand to win a conviction. The detective withheld evidence about a witness identifying someone else at the crime scene, a victim being seen alive after Glen had last been with her, and another man in jail boasting of how well he’d hidden the body of one of the victims. The judge presiding over Chapman’s appeal also concluded that case documents had been lost or destroyed and that the prosecution’s original evidence had been weak and circumstantial.
Source: Witness to Innocence
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