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Jose Garcia

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New York


Judicially Exonerated Released

Summary of Case:

Jose Garcia and Carlos Morillo were codefendants. Both men were wrongly convicted on January 8, 1993 of a murder committed on July 16, 1991, in the Bronx area of New York City, when Garcia was 1,550 miles away in the Dominican Republic. On December 20, 2006, a U.S. District Court judge vacated Jose Garcia's conviction based on his counsel's ineffectiveness for not investigating the evidence that he was out of the country at the time of the crime. Garcia was released on February 21, 2007, after the charges were dismissed by the prosecution.

Conviction Caused By:

His lawyer's ineffectivenss for failing to investigate his alibi evidence that he was in the Dominican Republic at the time of the crime.

Innocence Proved By:

On December 20, 2006, U.S. District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan vacated Jose Garcia's conviction based on the evidence not presented at his trial that he was out of the country at the time of the crime.

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Father of three serves another's 15-year term, By Larry Neumeister (AP), The BG News, Bowling Green, OH, February 23, 2007

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NYC Judge Orders Release Or New Case For Wrongly Convicted Man, by Larry Neumeister (AP writer), Newsday, December 20, 2006

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