[Baltimore, December 18, 2018] Today, the Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU) at the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office announced that it would agree to vacate the conviction and dismiss all charges against Clarence Shipley, who has spent the last 27 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.
Clarence was convicted in 1992 of killing 29-year-old Kevin Smith during a late-night robbery in Cherry Hill on October 25, 1991. Smith had been walking with two people when the robbery occurred, and one of them, “Witness G,” told police two days after the shooting that the shooter was Larry Davis. Police obtained a picture of a Larry Davis – not knowing that Witness G had been referring to a different Larry Davis. Unsurprisingly Witness G did not identify the Larry Davis presented to him in a photo lineup as the shooter.