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Dewayne's life changed forever on April 3, 2003.
It was on that day that Dewayne was falsely accused of a horrible
crime which resulted in two deaths. Despite the fact that Dewayne tried
to tell the Houston, Texas police that he was at home during the
incident, they chose to believe two men who did not want to turn in
their buddy, so they "fingered" Dewayne. A series of events took place
that Dewayne could not control. He told anyone and everyone that he was
home and the landline phone records would prove it because he had called
his then girlfriend at work when the news came on. It was these phone
records that would be the pivotal point in the release of Dewayne. The
Grand Jury argued with Dewayne and threatened his girlfriend with jail
time and with taking her children away from her if she did not change
her story. She buckled, the DA hid the phone records and Dewayne was
sent to Death Row.
Despite the fact he kept telling his trial
attorney he was innocent and the phone records would prove it, nothing
was presented at trial. It was only after the conviction of the two
actual defendants and Dewayne ending up on the infamous Texas Death
Row, that several people came forward, admitting to lying and telling
the DA that Dewayne was not even aware of the crime.
impressed the Harris County DA and Dewayne was left with the thought of
lethal injection for a crime he had nothing to do with. Appeals were
filed and in 2007, the law firm of K&L Gates took the case, honing
in on the lost phone records. It took the attorneys six years to find
them - IN THE GARAGE OF AN INVESTIGATOR. The DA in 2007 stated that
failure to disclose the records "was inadvertent and not in bad faith.
It was one piece of paper". The trial judge signed orders for a new
trial, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals threw out the conviction and
ordered a new trial in November 2014.
Lisa Falkenberg, a
columnist for the Houston Chronicle, took notice of Dewayne and wrote a
series of articles concerning his case and the Grand Jury. Making waves
around the world and winning the coveted Pulitzer Prize
for her series, Ms. Falkenberg has shed light on the barbaric Grand
Jury system in Harris County, from threatening witnesses to using
ex-cops to serve as foreman (on nine juries). It took the new DA, Devon
Anderson, seven months and two days, to announce that Harris County has
no evidence to bring charges against Dewayne and he should be set free.
Dewayne spent 12 years, 2 months and 5 days behind bars for
something he had no part in. That is 4,449 days or 106,776 hours of his
life that was stolen from him. Nearly every one of those days were
spent in solitary in a cell no larger that a small bathroom. Living
with the fact that he could be executed any day. Torn away from his
family, not being able to be a father to his daughter. For this, the
State of Texas needs to compensate Dewayne. But, because of the
"clever" wording in the paperwork when Devon Anderson declared that
Harris County has no evidence against Dewayne, it will be an uphill
battle to win compensation. A battle that will not be won any time
This is where the people of the world come in.
Dewayne needs your help now to get on his feet. He needs to rebuild his
life that Harris County and the State of Texas stripped from him.
Going straight from solitary to the "free world" is no easy task. He
needs time to adjust being able to make decisions on his own, at a pace
that is comfortable to him. We can never give these years back to
Dewayne. But, we can help him manage more comfortably. Please give what you can. Everything makes a difference.
Read more about the day Dewayne was released here.
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will receive all funds raised, minus the 3 percent charged by the credit
card processing company. We have also obtained consent from Dewayne's
legal team. While Indiegogo Life doesn’t charge a fee, payments are
handled by third-party processors who charge a 3% transaction fee.
the end of the 30 day campaign, the donations will be transferred
directly from the life.indiegogo.com system to a bank account set up by
Dewayne's legal team for his exclusive benefit.
organizers are a group of Texas death penalty abolitionists who want to
help Dewayne. Organizers include Pat Hartwell, Scott Cobb, Hooman
Hedayati, Gloria Rubac, and Delia Perez Meyer, as well as the
organizations Texas Moratorium Network, Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement, Campaign to End the Death Penalty, and others to be listed as they endorse the fundraiser.