September 21, 2014 |
The Philadelphia District Attorney's office announced Friday that it has agreed to a new trial for Anthony Wright, now serving life in prison for the 1991 rape and murder of a 77-year-old Nicetown woman. "We are committed in the District Attorney's office to giving everyone a fair trial," said Assistant District Attorney Mark Gilson, a veteran homicide prosecutor who in April was named head of the office's new Conviction Review Unit. Gilson said new DNA analysis techniques, which show that Wright's DNA was not on the body of Louise Talley, were "not available when we tried the case in 1993.
September 4, 2000 |
The body of a Marlton carpenter was recovered yesterday from the Delaware River, where he had been swimming and fishing with friends over the weekend. Gilson V. Desouza, 24, was swept away by swift currents Saturday afternoon about a quarter-mile north of the Scudders Falls Bridge, just south of Washington Crossing State Park, officials said. "They were making their way across to a small island," New Jersey Trooper Adam Wrede said. Desouza was wading in the river and entered an area that was deeper - about 15 feet deep - when he was pulled under and away by the current, police said.
September 24, 2014 |
For more than two decades, Anthony Wright has lived with the title a Philadelphia jury gave him - rapist and murderer of 77-year-old Louise Talley, who was stabbed to death in her Nicetown home on Oct. 19, 1991. Wright, 43, is far from a free man. But he still wiped tears from his eyes Monday when Common Pleas Court Judge D. Webster Keough formally vacated the 1993 verdicts against him, ordered a new trial, and told him: "You are now presumed innocent until proven guilty. " Keough's ruling was expected.
January 25, 2001 |
Luis Alicea, 19, decided to go straight two years ago. He got tired of seeing the violence associated with drug trafficking, and told friends he wanted to quit a drug organization. Alicea, who had been a street corner dealer, said he planned to go to school and make something of his life. Unfortunately, he never got the chance. His drug boss allegedly shot and killed him as punishment for his decision to walk away from the illegal business, said Assistant District Attorney Mark Gilson.
December 1, 1998 |
John Gray may get away with murder, the prosecutor said. Assistant District Attorney Mark Gilson said he ransacked the records in the case of the reputed slumlord to see if there were grounds to appeal a judge's ruling that Gray, 63, is incompetent to stand trial in six fire deaths at a West Philadelphia building he operated. Gilson reluctantly concluded there was none. Yesterday, Gilson told Common Pleas Judge Carolyn E. Temin that her ruling is not appealable. Gray was awaiting trial in six third-degree murder counts because he allegedly failed to correct building code violations before a fire in the apartment building on 42nd Street near Lancaster Avenue on April 5, 1997.
January 29, 1999 |
Cops called the accused killer a lot of names in his day - by his own choice. The man has used 18 separate names after arrests, said Assistant District Attorney Mark Gilson. Yesterday, two lawyers showed up for the guy's preliminary hearing, sure that each represented him. The defendant will have to name one. Court officials are not certain what name to use on the dockets. "I know him as Fred," said attorney Anthony E. Stefanski, an associate of attorney A. Charles Peruto Jr. Attorney Arnold Silverstein thinks his client is Wilfredo Lopez Martinez.
October 28, 1999 |
Kareem "Boo" Morefield had a good reason for putting up half of Charles "Chip" Alexander's $100,000 bail after Alexander was arrested for a contract killing last year, said the prosecutor. Morefield, 22, of Norris Street near 23rd, had hired Alexander to kill the victim, Benjamin "Marco" Singleton, 21, of Van Pelt Street near Berks, on April 21, 1998, said Assistant District Attorney Mark Gilson. Gilson said Morefield failed in his own attempt to murder Singleton in 1997, and was afraid of retaliation.
February 7, 2013 |
Let it now be recorded in the annals of the U.S. justice system: a Philadelphia trial has ended in mistrial by eyeball. It was the assault trial Commonwealth v. Brunelli, involving an early morning fight outside the New Princeton Tavern in Burholme where one punch cost John Huttick his left eye. Huttick, 48, was on the witness stand Wednesday, weeping as he told the Common Pleas Court jury about the impact of losing an eye when he literally lost...
May 15, 2008 |
The accused bank robbers charged in the killing of Philadelphia Police Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski had planned to hold up the bank the night before, but one of the three original conspirators got cold feet when he discovered he didn't have a Muslim disguise like the others, prosecutors said yesterday. The new details about the bank robbery and its aftermath emerged after a court hearing for one of the men who allegedly had plotted to take part but was forced out before the plan was executed.