September 8, 2016 |
Looking out the window at the children playing with horses at a block party on her Nicetown street Monday afternoon, 85-year-old Willie Clara Lindsay saw something out of place - men in suits approaching her front porch. "I said, 'They look like detectives,' " she recalled Tuesday. "When they came on my steps, I said, 'What could they be coming here for?' " Lindsay and her husband, William, 89, soon found out. They had seen the news on television Sunday night about a man who ran over a woman with his car in Olney and then beat her to death with a shovel.
August 26, 2016 |
After lawyers for Anthony Wright - who was acquitted of rape and murder Tuesday - accused homicide detectives of coercing a false confession, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office has promised to investigate any "evidence of specific misconduct" by police. Wright was found not guilty in the 1991 slaying of a 77-year-old Nicetown woman in a retrial resulting from new DNA tests that proved he was not the rapist. After the verdict, Peter Neufeld of the Innocence Project of New York called for an independent investigation of all convictions of young black men who were prosecuted using evidence developed by the detectives in Wright's case.
August 25, 2016 |
Almost 25 years ago, Anthony Wright was taken into custody at age 20, charged with the rape and murder of his 77-year-old Nicetown neighbor. On Tuesday, Wright, now 44, walked out of a Philadelphia prison a free man after a jury acquitted him in a retrial resulting from new DNA testing that proved another man was the rapist. Wright was escorted through the prison gates at 5:50 p.m. by lawyers Peter Neufeld and Samuel W. Silver, and a crowd of about 15 relatives, including his father, David Parker; his 28-year-old son, Anthony Jr.; and his grandchild, Romera, 1. "I can't even put it into words right now, man," Wright said.
August 24, 2016 |
A defense lawyer on Monday called for Anthony Wright to be acquitted on rape and murder charges, citing the presence of another man's DNA in the victim's body and asking: "What better evidence could there be?" Samuel Silver addressed the jury for three hours as both defense and prosecution offered closing arguments. Wright, 44, is being retried in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court in the 1991 killing of 77-year-old Louise Talley in her Nicetown home. "This is not TV," Silver told the jury.
August 21, 2016 |
Anthony Wright returned to the witness stand Friday for the first time since 1993 to again deny that he had anything to do with the 1991 rape and murder of a 77-year-old Nicetown woman. He also denied ever having confessed to the crime. Wright's testimony mirrored that he gave a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury as a 21-year-old. That jury did not believe him, and he was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. On Friday, Wright, now 44, again tried to convince a jury of his innocence in a retrial won after DNA testing of sperm found in Louise Talley's body proved Wright did not rape her. Wright's lawyer, Samuel W. Silver, got to the point: "Did you kill Mrs. Talley?"
August 20, 2016 |
Three years ago, Ronnie Byrd died in a South Carolina prison at age 62, forgotten in his hometown of Philadelphia until DNA testing showed that he raped 77-year-old Louise Talley in 1991 in her Nicetown home. On Thursday, lawyers for Anthony Wright - the 44-year-old man granted a new trial after being convicted and sentenced to life in prison for Talley's rape and murder - presented a former Nicetown neighbor who put Byrd alive and living around the corner from Talley's house at 3959 Nice St. when she was killed.
August 19, 2016 |
DNA testing won Anthony Wright a new trial, and on Wednesday a DNA analyst began explaining the results of those tests to the Philadelphia jury that will decide if Wright is guilty of the 1991 rape and murder of a 77-year-old Nicetown woman. Wright, 44, served 21 years of a life prison term after a Common Pleas Court jury convicted him in 1993 for the slaying of Louise Talley. The prosecution's case was built on Wright's eight-page confession to the crimes, blood-spotted clothing that detectives said they found in Wright's bedroom where he told them it would be, and a teenager who told police he saw Wright wearing a black-and-red Chicago Bulls sweatshirt and pacing in front of Talley's house.
August 19, 2016
Two men were shot – one of them fatally – Wednesday afternoon in Nicetown, police said. One victim was shot in the back of the head and in the torso just before 3 p.m. at 18th and Wingohocking Streets, police said. Medics took him to Albert Einstein Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 3:25 p.m. Police on Thursday identified the slain man as 21-year-old Basil Bellinger, of the city's West Oak Lane section. The second victim, a 26-year-old man who suffered a gunshot wound to his head, was listed in critical condition at Einstein.
August 17, 2016 |
Three men were wounded, two critically, in a pair of daylight shootings that happened less than an hour apart in Philadelphia on Monday morning. Two men were listed in critical condition at Einstein Medical Center after a shooting near Mole and Wingohocking Streets, on the border of Logan and Nicetown, about 10:25 a.m. Monday, police said. A 31-year-old man was shot five times, suffering wounds to his chest, leg and arm. Another man in his early 30s was shot twice in his stomach.
August 14, 2016 |
They said they were friends as teenagers in Nicetown in the early '90s and have remained so since. And on Friday, Gregory Alston and Antonio Johnson followed the example that Shawn Nixon had set the day before: recanting 1991 statements that were key evidence that helped convict Anthony Wright of the rape and murder of his 77-year-old neighbor, Louise Talley. "I don't recall saying that," Alston, now 39, repeated to each question from Assistant District Attorney Carlos Vega as he read aloud his testimony from Wright's 1993 trial.