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From Conviction to Exoneration

This is the story of a how an innocent man was convicted––and then exonerated––of first degree murder. I was his appellate lawyer. I believe there are lessons to be learned from how he got convicted. And from how he was freed––all despite being completely innocent. This is the story of the case of Charles Wilhite.

From Conviction to Exoneration2017-11-20T16:45:42+00:00

A crime scene and a murder

At approximately 9:00 PM on October 14, 2008, Alberto Rodriguez was shot in front of the Pine Street Market in Springfield, Massachusetts. The Market is pictured above. Alberto was in his car in front of the Market when he was shot. He would have been no more than a few feet from where this photo was taken.

A crime scene and a murder2017-09-08T14:13:01+00:00

An overhead view of the crime scene

The Pine Street Market is on the corner of Pine and Florence. The address is 194 Pine Street, Springfield, Massachusetts.

An overhead view of the crime scene2017-10-16T19:41:41+00:00

Four (4) shots fired

A Massachusetts State Police ballistics expert testified that the man who murdered Alberto Rodriguez fired four shots at him as Rodriguez drove away from the Pine Street Market.

Four (4) shots fired2017-10-16T19:42:08+00:00

The first two shots fired at the victim go through the car’s driver’s side opera window

The Massachusetts State Police ballistics expert believed that the first two shots went through the car’s driver’s side opera window. He testified that in his opinion the first shot broke the window and the second shot went through the broken window. The photo above shows a trajectory rod for the second shot going through the broken, driver’s side opera window.

The first two shots fired at the victim go through the car’s driver’s side opera window2017-10-05T17:12:00+00:00

The two bullets that went through the driver’s side opera window hit the driver’s seat––and one of the bullets kills the victim

The bullet that hit the left headrest post in the above-picture richocheted almost directly downward. The other bullet hole––the one in the center of the seat about an inch below the top of the seat––was the bullet that struck and ultimately killed the victim.

The two bullets that went through the driver’s side opera window hit the driver’s seat––and one of the bullets kills the victim2017-10-11T23:42:05+00:00
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