July 20, 2000 |
Twenty-five West Philadelphia community members attended each of the three days of Derrick Winston's murder trial as a show of support. They were convinced he was being framed. All were pleased with the result. They applauded a not-guilty verdict by a jury yesterday. Defense lawyer Todd E. Henry said Winston, 26, of Market Street near 58th, had been falsely accused of fatally shooting George Maddox, 25, on Jan. 4, 1999. The allegation was made by Marcus Henderson, who failed to show up for the trial.
September 9, 1986 |
A German shepherd dog belonging to a 15-year-old victim of a stabbing and robbery yesterday played a major role in the acquittal of Melvin Spearman. "My client would have been absolutely nuts to go into a home that he knew contained a German shepherd," argued defense attorney Barry Denker. Spearman, 20, of Merrick Street near Ridge Avenue, had been identified as the attacker by Joan Beounittis, of Ridge Avenue near Scott's Lane. The victim said her dog remained quiet on the second floor of her home while she was being assaulted on the first floor July 8, 1985.
April 13, 1991 |
A Chester County jury found a 24-year-old West Chester man not guilty yesterday of shooting six people outside the Coatesville Elks Lodge in May 1990. The jury deliberated less than an hour before finding Duan Seay, of the 200 block of South Matlack Street, not guilty of 26 counts of attempted criminal homicide, aggravated assault, reckless endangering and weapons offenses. Seay's family and friends reacted with tears of joy and they hugged each other as Common Pleas Court Judge J. Curtis Joyner announced the verdict.
May 12, 1993 |
Charles Bagley put his murder acquittal on public view yesterday, speaking out for the first time since he was accused of wife-killing four years ago. He says he had an idyllic marriage, never slept with other women, never smacked his wife. And of course, never killed Yvonne Bagley in their Main Line hot tub and won't get a penny of the life insurance money. The system worked, he told Wally Kennedy on "AM/Philadelphia," on WPVI-TV (Channel 6), yesterday morning. With Neil Jokelson, the lawyer who helped detach him from Delaware County's legal maw, Bagley answered questions haltingly, showing only glimpses of the wide grin that often creased his face during his 16 days on trial in Media.
January 16, 1997 |
Everybody in court was stunned by the jury decision that acquitted a man of strangling and stabbing a woman in 1995. Even the defendant, who had confessed. Court observers said the jury simply swept aside the evidence against Ian Wood, 26, a handyman, to acquit him of killing a 57-year-old Oak Lane woman in her apartment on Feb. 2, 1995. Wood, 26, seemed shocked at his acquittal for a crime police say he readily admitted. Defense lawyer Donald Padova gasped. Assistant District Attorney Yvonne Ruiz, who had produced other evidence linking Wood to the crime, couldn't believe it. Wood, who did not testify, had allegedly told police that "voices" directed him to kill Bernine McFadden after breaking into her second-floor apartment on 67th Avenue near 5th Street on Feb. 2, 1995.
December 4, 1996 |
The cop was no crook, said the jury. After Andrea Collins was acquitted last night, she broke down in tears, hugged her lawyer, Brian J. McMonagle, and got down on her knees and thanked God. "I am numb," said Collins, 34, who says she would "love" to return to the police department, from which she was fired after her arrest. "I know I didn't do anything wrong," said Collins, a veteran of seven years before she was charged with taking part in a robbery at a sportswear store on 52nd Street near Sansom that netted $29 on Nov. 28, 1994.
March 14, 1992 |
A South Philadelphia veterinarian was acquitted yesterday of kicking and beating a 9-year-old Doberman to death in his animal hospital last year. Municipal Judge Lydia Y. Kirkland ruled in favor of Dr. Jordan Miller, 55, who claimed the "overweight and anemic" dog, Nera, died from an unknown cause in his facility on July 15, a few hours after biting his sneaker. The verdict drew protests from the dog's owners, Florence and Gus Peraino. She said she planned to continue picketing at Miller's Bainbridge Animal Hospital, 7th and Bainbridge streets, in hopes the state will revoke the vet's license.
March 29, 1990 |
One day after being indicted in federal court on a case-fixing charge, attorney Thomas L. McGill Jr. went into a Common Pleas Courtroom yesterday and won an acquittal for a client accused of murder. "I want to show everyone that I'm still practicing," said McGill, who insisted that the indictment will not slow down his legal practice. "I'm glad to have the opportunity to finally respond to the charges," he said. "This investigation has been deliberately, and in a calculated fashion, leaked to the press for the last two or three years.
January 16, 1999 |
Soon-to-be-reinstated NBA referee Steve Javie yesterday attributed his acquittal on tax fraud charges to "the power of prayer. " His defense attorney, Gregory T. Magarity, contends Javie never should have been prosecuted on criminal charges in the first place. Whatever the case, a U.S. District Court jury in Philadelphia yesterday rejected Internal Revenue Servie claims that Javie intentionally avoided paying about $24,000 in taxes on more than $70,000 in hidden income over a three-year period.
August 21, 1987 |
There was never a question that Common Pleas Court reporter Loretta Massey carried a box of marijuana and hashish through U.S. Customs at Greater Philadelphia International Airport last year. There was doubt only over whether she knew what she was doing. But a federal grand jury indictment yesterday charged that Common Pleas Judge Kenneth S. Harris - in apparently taped conversations - suggested that a fix, not a doubt, would be behind her acquittal on drug charges by Municipal Judge Ronald A. Merriweather.