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  • Clarence Shipley

    “I stayed positive, kept working, surrounded myself with positive people who were behind bars with me. And I just kept believing.”

  • Troy Burner

    “The system has had him longer than I have.” -Janice Burner, testifying at her son’s parole hearing

[Baltimore, May 3, 2019] Today, the Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU) at the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office announced that it would agree to vacate the convictions and dismiss all charges against Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project (MAIP) client Kenneth “JR” McPherson and University of Baltimore Innocence Project Clinic (UBIPC) client Eric Simmons, two brothers who have each spent the past 25 years in prison for a murder they did not commit.
“Two and a half decades ago, this family lost not one but two brothers, not one but two sons.” said Brianna Ford, UBIPC Deputy Director and counsel for Simmons. “Today, they’re finally going to get them back.”
JR and Eric were convicted in 1995 of conspiracy to kill Anthony Wooden during an East Baltimore shooting just after midnight on August 31, 1994. They were convicted based on the testimony of two witnesses: (1) a paid witness who claimed to have seen the …

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