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Dante Ricardo Boyd—“Rick” to his family and friends—was a 23-year-old father of four with most of his life still in front of him when he was convicted in DC Superior Court in May 1998 for the gang-related murder of 12-year-old Darryl Hall. Rick’s involvement in gang life was practically nonexistent, despite growing up in a violent neighborhood in Southeast DC. Nevertheless, two adolescent eyewitnesses and co-defendants who have since recanted identified him as one of four people responsible for the 1997 crime. Other witnesses insisted at trial that Rick was not involved in the murder, and several even testified that there were only three – not four – assailants at the crime scene.

Despite these …


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