Larry Delmore, along with co-defendants, Terrence Meyers and Glenn Davis, was arrested in 1992, convicted in 1993 and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the second-degree murder of Samuel George in Westwego, Louisiana.
Their convictions were based exclusively on one eyewitness with a history of drug abuse and run-ins with the law, who claimed to have been a witness to the crime and identified Mr. Delmore, Mr. Davis and Mr. Meyers as three men who drove by in a car and shot the victim.
IPNO signed on to Mr. Davis' case in 2002 and discovered that the State had hidden evidence, including information that discredited the eyewitness testimony and that showed another man—a violent drug dealer—had committed the crime. IPNO also discovered that the trio's trial lawyer was simultaneously representing the other suspect, who had consulted the lawyer for advice about whether he could be arrested for the crime. In spite of significant evidence in the possession of the State and the knowledge of defense counsel, the real perpetrator's name was never raised at trial. At the sentencing of the three men in 1993, Mr. Delmore was dragged from the courtroom, gagged and given an additional year’s sentence for contempt of court for shouting to the judge, “What’s going to happen to the killer?” and “You know we didn’t kill that boy. We didn’t do that, man.”
After years of litigation by IPNO, involving the presentation of evidence and testimony (including testimony from the real perpetrator's former girlfriend about his guilt) Mr. Davis' conviction was reversed on February 16, 2007. He was released two months later.
IPNO then shepherded Mr. Delmore and Mr. Meyers’ cases through to their releases. Their convictions were reversed on August 19, 2008 and nearly a month later, on September 24 and 29, Mr. Delmore and Mr. Meyers respectively walked out of prison, nearly 16 years after they were convicted for a second degree murder they did not commit.
On September 24, 2010, the State announced that, based on the evidence brought to its attention by IPNO, it would not retry Mr. Delmore or his co-defendants. Eighteen years after they were wrongly charged with second degree murder, all three were finally exonerated.
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