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US NewsA man wants his 76-year sentence for murder overturned because the eyewitness was legally blind

05:00  16 may  2019
05:00  16 may  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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Darien Harris, now 26, is challenging his murder conviction based on the discovery that the prosecution's key eyewitness was blind . Judge Nicholas Ford sentenced him to 76 years in prison. A letter from a doctor, attached to the lawsuit, says Saffold is legally blind and permanently

Judge Nicholas Ford sentenced him to 76 years in prison. Harris, now 26, is challenging his conviction on the basis that neither he nor the judge were A letter from a doctor, attached to the lawsuit, says Saffold is legally blind and permanently disabled with "markedly reduced vision, especially at night."

A man wants his 76-year sentence for murder overturned because the eyewitness was legally blind Darien Harris Ronald Moore was in the back seat of a car on a June night in 2011, court records say, when the car started to overheat. His younger brother, Rondell Moore, pulled into a BP gas station parking lot on the South Side of Chicago to buy antifreeze, and a mechanic took a look under the hood.

A black Lexus then turned into the parking lot and drove to the other side of the building, the records say. Then, Ronald Moore heard gunshots. Just outside the car, someone was shooting at Rondell Moore and the mechanic. Rondell, 23, tried to run away and died in a nearby parking lot.

Darien Harris, then a senior in high school, was later convicted of murder, attempted murder and related charges in connection with the shooting. Judge Nicholas Ford sentenced him to 76 years in prison.

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A man who was sentenced to 76 years for murder is trying to get his conviction overturned , claiming that an eyewitness to the shooting is legally In fact, in 2002, he began to receive Social Security benefits because his field of vision was severely limited. Saffold also sued the City Colleges of

The murder conviction of a Chicago man is under review in Illinois, after it was revealed following trial that the key witness — who purportedly saw the crime and identified the perpetrator — is legally blind . What are the details? Dexter Saffold swore under oath five years ago that he saw Darien Harris kill a

However, the prosecution’s key witness, Dexter Saffold, was legally blind.

Harris, now 26, is challenging his conviction on the basis that neither he nor the judge were made aware of Saffold’s vision problems during the trial.

A private investigator working for Harris found a 2003 housing discrimination lawsuit in which Saffold said he had glaucoma, Harris’s attorney, Jodi Garvey, told The Washington Post. A letter from a doctor, attached to the lawsuit, said Saffold was legally blind and permanently disabled, with “markedly reduced vision, especially at night.”

Ford said during the trial in 2014 that Harris’s case “begins and ends with Mr. Saffold,” whose testimony was “unblemished,” according to court records. The judge also said Saffold’s version of events had been corroborated by Ronald Moore and by the driver of the black Lexus. Harris’s case, the judge said, “was not a particularly close one.”

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A man who was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 76 years in prison is appealing his conviction after learning that the star witness in the case is legally blind . Moore and his brother pulled into the gas station because they had been having gas trouble. Another man was in their car.

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Saffold testified at the trial that he was riding his scooter in front of the gas station when he heard gunshots, the court records say. He told the judge he saw someone about 18 feet away from him shooting a dark-colored handgun while flashes flew from the muzzle.

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The shooter bumped into Saffold while he was running away, Saffold testified. Eight days later, the court records say, Saffold picked Harris out of a lineup. He identified Harris as the shooter again in court.

Saffold’s eyesight came up briefly during the trial: Harris’s trial attorney asked Saffold if his diabetes affected his vision, and he said yes, according to Garvey. Then Saffold paused and changed his answer: “No, it does not.”

Garvey requested last July that the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office review its prosecution of the case. Saffold’s statement at trial that he could see clearly should disqualify his testimony, Garvey argued in a court filing.

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CHICAGO — The family of a man convicted of murder is demanding he be released from prison. “He was legally blind at the time. When the question came up in court, he stated that his eyesight was OK, that his diabetes didn’t affect his vision. The judge sentenced Harris to 76 years in prison.

A Chicago man who was jailed for 76 years on murder charges is appealing his conviction after finding out that the key witness who purportedly saw the crime and identified him as the perpetrator is legally blind . Darien Harris was jailed in 2014 for shooting dead a man outside a Chicago gas station on

“Considering the fact that Mr. Saffold is admittedly legally blind, a matter he denied during his testimony, his identification is worthless,” Garvey wrote.

Garvey also said surveillance video of the gas station shows someone on a motorized scooter approaching the building only after the shooter had left the camera’s view. Saffold therefore could not have seen the shooting happen just feet away from him, as he had testified, Garvey said. She said the surveillance video and other exculpatory evidence were not presented at trial.

A man wants his 76-year sentence for murder overturned because the eyewitness was legally blind Darien Harris, in 2011. (Nakesha Harris)

“We have a kid who was barely 18, wrongfully convicted,” Garvey told The Post. “He’s had the ability to graduate high school with his classmates taken away from him. He probably would have graduated from college now.”

A spokeswoman for the State’s Attorney’s Office confirmed that its conviction integrity unit was reviewing the case but declined to comment further. Harris is also appealing his conviction in the Illinois Supreme Court.

Saffold told CBS Chicago that he stands by his testimony and that he had no obligation to reveal his medical history in court.

Harris’s mother, Nakesha Harris, said her son was watching the NBA playoffs at home with his father when the shooting happened. Darien was recording LeBron James, then with the Miami Heat, to share with his friends, Nakesha Harris said.

Darien got the short end of the stick, Nakesha Harris said, but she is trying to stay hopeful that the State’s Attorney’s Office will find that he did not commit the shooting.

“Now that the case is getting recognition, I think that they’re going to have no choice but to do the right thing at this point,” Harris, 41, told The Post. “A lot of mistakes were made doing this case.”

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