My 2nd cousin, is serving a sentence in Autry State Prison, Pelham GA, 30297, for a rape that he says he didn’t commit. I learned about his case after entering a family property matter.
My cousin was a troubled youth, who had never been arrested. In 1997 a man robbed two women and raped one of the two. They described him as having dred locks and gold teeth. After no leads, he was picked up two weeks later because he had dred locks, like the assailant. They also said he had gold teeth, which my cousin does not have. The police who arrested him was said to have a beef with him at the time, and wanted to get him off the street.
The state offered him a 10 year sentence, but he turned it down because he didn’t want to admit to something that he didn’t do, and has been fighting ever since.
He is presently defending himself (habeas). He recently was in court to present his case (9/12) with evidence that was not previously entered. He spoke to me and told me that he presented his case well against the assistant DA. He is waiting to hear how the system responds to his latest defense.
He has also helped 2 other inmates to their freedom because of the legal skills that he has acquired due to his own legal battles. He has lead/organized non-denominational services at his last prison.
His mother, has been by his side from the beginning of this matter. She witnessed the arresting officer’s confrontational behavior toward her son. The victim’s original descriptions of their assailant did not fit George’s description, i.e. gold teeth – except that he was a black man with locks. He had no priors, and has been detained since 1997 dealing with the system and bad lawyers.
His mother has mortgaged her home to help pay for my cousin’s legal fees. They speak constantly and she is a great source of strength and support for him.
I asked her what would he do if he got out? She says that he is very smart. She and her other son, have supported his efforts by sending him updated legal documents so he can better present his defense.
She says that once he is free, he plans to continue his legal training. She also says that, not being well herself, he would have a place to stay, with her, in her home.
I submitted his story after asking his mother’s permission to a production company. He heard about what I’d done and called me (on 10/25/12).
I asked him how is he now? Where is his head at? What are his expectations if he should get out, since he has been an inmate since 1997? After telling me his compelling story I was able to learn that he sounds learned, upbeat and hopeful.
I advised that he continue to manage his emotions and wait. Does anyone know how a person assists inmates who have evidence to show they have been falsely accused?