An American man sentenced to life imprisonment 31 years ago was released yesterday. Writes that The New York TimesThomas Raynard James (now 55, then 23) The film comes after a reference to a specific Thomas James or Tommy James during a police investigation into a murder in an apartment in 1990. This is the name by which the robbery is said to have been planned. The photo of the innocent American was “approved” by an eyewitness, after which James was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Other than the testimony, there is no physical evidence linking Thomas Raynard James or anyone else to the murder. “I’m sure I’ll never forget his face and his eyes,” said Dorothy Walton, a key witness and adopted daughter of the deceased at the time. She was in the apartment at the time of the murder. James has always denied his guilt and says he never visited the apartment in question.
James and his relatives tried for decades to evict him, but all attempts failed. Later, Walton began to doubt her testimony. In the end, he said he was worried he might have “made a mistake”, prosecutors said. He said he did not want to die “with the possibility that she may have made a mistake”, the newspaper quoted from legal documents. In April, he finally testified under oath that he had “made a mistake” in identifying James and had no outside influence.
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