By Margaret Edds
How is it attainable for an blameless guy to return inside of 9 days of execution? An Expendable guy solutions that question via specific research of the case of Earl Washington Jr., a mentally retarded, black farm hand who used to be convicted of the 1983 rape and homicide of a 19-year-old mom of 3 in Culpeper, Virginia. He spent nearly 18 years in Virginia prisons—9 half of them on loss of life row—for a homicide he didn't commit.This e-book unearths the relative ease with which people who reside at society's margins might be wrongfully convicted, and the extreme hassle of correcting this type of flawed as soon as it occurs.Washington used to be finally freed in February 2001 now not due to the felony and judicial structures, yet despite them. whereas DNA trying out was once critical to his eventual pardon, such checks could by no means have happened with out an strangely gifted and dedicated criminal crew and with no sequence of incidents which are most sensible defined as natural luck.Margaret Edds makes the chilling argument that another “expendable males” in all likelihood were much less lucky than Washington. This, she writes, is “the mystery, shameful underbelly” of America's retention of capital punishment. Such wrongful executions won't ensue frequently, yet someone who doubts that blameless humans were achieved within the usa may still have in mind the impressive sequence of occasions essential to keep Earl Washington Jr. from the sort of destiny.
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I found my girlfriend with my brother. We argued. I told him I was going to get a gun and shoot him. I went to Mrs. Weeks house to get gun, broke out the window and opened the door. I went to the kitchen, got gun from over refrigerator and started back to the door. I saw her coming down hall. I hit her with the chair. She fell to the ﬂoor. I keep hitting her untell [sic] the chair broke apart. That’s when I decided to f— her. I got on top of her but she started to move and then told me to leave 32 ARREST her alone.
Papers inside identiﬁed it as Hazel Weeks’s. Zeets was sifting through the purse when he heard a third shot, this one from the opposite side of Route 17, back toward the Weeks home. Reinforcements were arriving as Zeets hurried across the highway. A group of deputies assembled in Mrs. Weeks’s yard, and then fanned out to search the area up and down Route 17. 4 The drama ended peacefully when dawn came and Deputy A. L. Robinson spotted Earl Washington Jr. an estimated forty feet from the road in a ﬁeld of three-foot grass, just down the highway from Hazel Weeks’s home.
He was always very mild-mannered, never got excited or upset. ” After the arrest, Huffman told state investigators and Washington’s attorney that guilt was inconceivable. “I said from Day One, the man did not do it, and I’ve never changed my mind,” Huffman said. “Because of his mentality, he couldn’t have gotten to Culpeper and gotten back. There had to have been blood all over the place. Are you going to tell me somebody picked him up (in that bloodied state) and never came forward? ” But in May 1983 the police and the courts were not interested in Huffman’s doubts.