Innocence Prevails: Philadelphia Men Exonerated After Decades in Prison for Murder Case

Chester, Pennsylvania – In a major development, three Philadelphia-area men who had spent decades in prison for a 1997 murder had their convictions overturned last Thursday. Recent evidence proved that their DNA was absent from the crime scene where an elderly woman was brutally killed. The three men, Sam Grasty, Derrick Chappell, and Morton Johnson, had consistently maintained their innocence in the murder of Henrietta Nickens, a 70-year-old woman who was beaten to death and sexually assaulted in her Delaware County apartment. The exoneration came after years of legal efforts by the nonprofit Centurion, which … Read more

Gary Man Faces Decades Behind Bars for Fatal Shooting at 5th Avenue Gas Station

GARY, Ind. – A Gary man was found guilty on Wednesday for a fatal shooting at a gas station on 5th Avenue. Aaron Sawyer, 26, now faces a sentence of 45 to 65 years for the murder. Additionally, he is looking at another seven years for a firearms enhancement, according to his attorney, John Cantrell. The exact date for his sentencing has yet to be determined. Sawyer, identified as the gunman, was charged in connection with the shooting death of Dorell Townsend, 22, who was also from Gary, on May 31, 2020. Terry Horton, Sawyer’s … Read more

Former Members of Kingston Polygamist Sect File Federal Racketeering Lawsuit Alleging Decades of Trafficking and Abuse

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Ten former members of the Kingston polygamous sect have filed a federal racketeering lawsuit against the group, accusing them of engaging in human trafficking for many years under the guise of a religious community. The lawsuit, filed in Utah, names nearly 50 defendants, including prominent members of the Kingston family, the Davis County Cooperative Society, and Vanguard Academy, a public charter school affiliated with the sect. The complaint also lists 450 unidentified businesses that the sect allegedly operates. One of the defendants, Standard Restaurant Supply, a company based in South … Read more

After 4 Decades, Philadelphia Man Wrongfully Convicted of Murder Finally Comes Home: Judge Vacates Conviction

Philadelphia, PA – After enduring more than four decades in prison, a Philadelphia man is set to return home. On Wednesday, a judge ruled that he had been wrongfully convicted, concluding that he had fallen victim to corrupt police practices. The case of William Franklin has garnered attention due to the shocking revelation that his conviction was unjust. William Franklin’s family, who have been eagerly awaiting his release, spoke with NBC10 about the momentous decision. In 1980, Franklin was found guilty of murder in Philadelphia, but now, after the judge’s ruling that vacated his conviction, … Read more