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Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied: How Madison County Illinois Can Make An Innocent Man A Murderer Part IV

In the first few articles related to the James Evans wrongful conviction for murder case, I highlighted some critical points, made some strong accusations against law enforcement officials, and even provided actual documents from the case file to demonstrate just how flawed and problematic the James Evans case was. Given what we know about some police agency’s criminal tactics in modern American policing, it should come as no surprise that these kinds of heinous acts of corruption and crimes allegedly committed by cops and the Madison County prosecutor’s office are finally being brought to the surface.

After all, there are a plethora of convicts around the entire American criminal justice system seeking post conviction relief for some of the very same claims that are being made in the Evans case. Police misconduct which include intimidation of witnesses, coercion of testimony, the subordination of perjury, and suppression of exculpatory evidence by the Madison County prosecutor’s office are just a few of the problematic elements of Evans’ case that can be proven if anyone cared to just look at his case file.

“Most of the people they brought into court, one after another to testify against James Evans, were in shackles and handcuffs from correctional facilities.”

It should be reiterated that Evans’ trial and subsequent conviction for Murder and solicitation of murder were predicated on a mountain of lies allegedly fabricated by Detective Bradley Wells, John Lakin and County Prosecutor Kieth Jensen, who allegedly collaborated to concoct a fake story of a retaliatory murder, solicitation of murder, then subverted the facts, and concealed the truth to send an innocent man to prison (sound familiar?). The police officials allegedly used a cast of extremely shady characters in a completely circumstantial case, to obtain a conviction. Evans could even have received the death penalty in these cases.

As one person who was there during the trial stated, “most of the people they brought into court, one after another to testify against James Evans, were in shackles and handcuffs from correctional facilities.” This just seems incredulous that these characters who all had lengthy criminal histories, were deemed credible, without forensics, incriminating ballistics, a weapon, and other damning evidence usually present in a capitol murder case (fact). Essentially the state had nothing by way of physical evidence linking Evans to the crime, except testimony from known criminals who are believed to have testified for plea deals in exchange for leniency related to their own criminal strife.

Not just that though, but the state hid some extremely pertinent information from the Evans’ jury that would have been fruitful to his defense. Its well established now that an Alton Police Detective (Cooley) wrote an affidavit declaring that the victim (Nekemar Pearson) was seen alive by him 10 days after Evans and others were supposed to have abducted him and murdered him. They concealed other crucial facts also. The man who Evans was convicted for soliciting his murder (Brian Warr), allegedly confessed to Detective Brad Wells that Evans, Clifton Wheeler, and himself killed Pearson and discarded his body in a wooded area in Godfrey Illinois. Yet, Warr was suffering from mental illness. In fact Warr had recently signed himself out of a health facility where he was being treated for mental health related illness, around the time he gave his confession implicating Evans, Wheeler, and himself in the subject murder.

“Brian Warr had lost his mind and the state knew he was sick, but they used his false testimony to convict me. He was also supposed to have confessed on video recording, but it was never played during my trial.”

   — James Evans

Evans’ claim that the state knew about Warr’s mental health issues has tremendous credibility, especially when you consider the testimony of police Detective Bradley Wells, who admitted to allegedly extracting a confession from Warr. After Warr confessed to being involved in the Pearson murder, he was allowed to leave the police station and go home (some say Wells released him so he could be killed by Crip gang members, in retaliation for Pearson’s killing). Warr’s alleged mental instability was problematic for police authorities if you follow the logic of this case. Warr was subsequently gunned down the very night that news broke that he and Evans had allegedly murdered Pearson. In reality it appears that a mentally ill Brian Warr was allegedly manipulated by Brad Wells for his supposed confession and involvement in the Pearson murder, and then fed him to the wolfs on the streets (crip gang members) to have him exposed of, and making certain no one ever discovered that he was in fact sick.

More importantly, Warr’s admission not only places him at the scene of the abduction and subsequent murder of Pearson, but he along with Clifton Wheeler (by Warr’s alleged account) allegedly acted in harmony with Evans during this capital murder. Notwithstanding that the alleged events that Warr and Wheeler both describe, as testified to by Det. Brad Wells during James Evans’ indictment hearing, don’t match the actual facts that the state presented at trial. In fact, what Wells testified to during the indictment regarding what he alleges was told by Warr and Wheeler, was so far removed from the established facts indicated in the autopsy report raise serious credibility issues with their account (that’s of course if you even believe the testimony of Bradley Wells). After all, Wells told the Grand Jury that Warr’s alleged eyewitness account indicated that Evans shot Pearson twice in the chest before he began walking back to the car. However, the autopsy clearly demonstrates that a projectile was retrieved from the “right lateral aspect of the vertebra” (rib area) in Pearson’s remains, and that another projectile was extracted from “the right vertebral column between the 11th and 12th intervertebral disc.

These technical details are extremely alarming when you consider Wells’ indictment testimony juxtapose to other elements contained in the autopsy findings. I mean its not rocket science, its literally in the report where the medical examiner even states, “the chest and abdominal skin were still in tact”. Now, either Wells clearly hadn’t seen the autopsy report himself prior to his indictment testimony, or he perjured himself during the Grand Jury indictment hearing. If Wells in fact read the autopsy report himself, then there is no way possible as a matter of science, at the very least, can he realistically accept Brian Warr’s alleged confession to have any merit whatsoever.

Transcripts from the actual trial indicated that after the alleged crime scene had been processed by police, casings were discovered in the field in Godfrey, and two projectiles were discovered at the coroner’s office at the Madison County morgue. These facts don’t align with the alleged statements that Brian Warr supposedly made to Brad Wells. During the Evans indictment hearing, Wells testified before the Grand Jury that Warr admitted to being an eyewitness to the Pearson killing, that Evans allegedly shot him twice in the chest, and as he turned to walk away he heard an additional 6 more gunshots. That’s a total of 8 gunshots according to the information that Wells told the Grand Jury to help obtain an indictment of James Evans (where are the other 5 bullets?). I mean was he shooting in the air? Why weren’t more projectiles recovered at the scene? You really have to call BS when you see it, because for all intent and purposes, the autopsy clearly demonstrates that Pearson was shot in the lower abdominal area of the body. Its easy to conclude that Wells probably didn’t believe Warr’s story, that’s more than likely why he let him go, and as he should have expected, based on the climate of gang activity during the time, Brian Warr was killed within 48 hours after Wells publicized that he was involved in the Pearson murder.

Its unfortunate that these kinds of inconsistencies occur during serious court cases involving violent crimes. There is always a rush to judgement and it seems that the Grand Jury is often told a volume of information that often times during the actual trial, is either proven to be false or contradictory. That’s exactly what happened in this case. Also, the Grand Jury was also misled when the state attorney asked Wells under oath if Pearson had ever been seen alive again by anyone after the date of his alleged abduction and subsequent murder, and Wells responded in the negative by stating “no”. That was untruthful because the Cooley report which indicates that an Alton police detective had seen Pearson walking down the street in Alton ten days after he was suppose to have been murdered, entirely dismantles the abduction and murder story that Wells testified to before the Grand Jury during the indictment proceedings. (Read a portion of Brad Well’s indictment testimony below that was given before a Grand Jury which resulted in James Evans being indicted for the murder of Nekemar Pearson, and the actual autopsy report of Pearson that was presented during the actual trial).

Detective Bradley Wells Grand Jury Testimony

Official Autopsy Summary of Nekemar Pearson

 

There are so many moving parts to the James Evans conviction that its too many to  met out here in a blog post, and even if I meticulous spelled it all out for the public to see, it would serve no justice, because James Evans’  battle ground should be in a court of law. That’s exactly why I am informing the public about this horrible wrongful conviction. For over 20 years now Mr. Evans has been fighting the Madison County criminal justice system, a system that has denied him his right to post conviction appeal. Its one thing to say that all convicted felons and murderers will always claim or profess their innocence to get out of prison, and in many cases convicts don’t ever get out of prison because the evidence is mounted too high against them.

In other cases state attorneys comply with orders of the appellate process and turn over all records as mandated and ordered by the courts, and many times state prosecutors do so with confidence knowing they prosecuted the case within the letter of the law. In the Evans trial there were audio recordings played for the jury which allegedly has Evans implicating himself in the Pearson murder, and conspiring or soliciting the murder of Brian Warr. Evans has been asking for the tapes since his conviction to have them forensically tested, because he says the tapes were doctored (multiple conversations edited to appear as one). Unfortunately, Evans has spent years trying to get those audio tapes for the purpose of testing. He wrote letters to his lawyers, filed motions to force the state to comply with discovery laws, and all of his efforts fell short to obtain the subject audios which are crucial to his post conviction appellate process. (View below link of James Evans’ petition for release of discovery audio, filed on September 27, 2006)

James Evans Petition For Release Of Audio Discovery

Despite an order entered by the Third Judicial Circuit Court of Madison, County, Illinois, directing the Madison County Prosecutor’s office to turn over the subject tapes to Mr. Evans, which occurred on December 16, 2008, the County prosecutor to this day has yet to comply with this court order with impunity. The County’s failure to comply with the Court’s directive has stalled Mr. Evans’ appellate process which has been at bar in Madison County for over a decade now.  The issue has been unresolved for so long that his case has been taken off of the Court Docket.

“I haven’t had a court date or hearing in 18 months.”

    — James Evans

Evans would eventually have the opportunity to pray his appeal before the Illinois State Supreme Court if his petition fails at the Third Judicial Circuit level, but Evans can’t even get over the basic rudimentary process of obtaining discovery items which he is entitled to per federal law (Brady vs. Maryland). Why is that? How could the Circuit Court of Madison County allow such blatant disregard for the Court and the law, for that matter, and for so long by the county prosecutor’s office? While these kind of stalling tactics by prosecutors who were successful in convicting suspicious cases are not uncommon, its simply another glaring irregularity in a mountain of other problematic elements of the Evans conviction that is beginning, and rightfully so, starting to not only raise eyebrows on the Evans case, but how they conduct business within the Madison County Illinois judicial system as a whole. (View the below links of the 2008 Third Judicial Circuit Court of Madison County Judge’s order for the state prosecutor to turn over all audio tapes to Evans, and a volume of other correspondences related to Evans’ failed attempts to obtain discovery items in his case)

Court Order For Discovery Release In Evans vs. The People of Illinois

Correspondences Related To Obtaining Discovery Audios

 

Its important to note that anyone, and you don’t have to be an attorney to figure out what’s going on regarding these matters. Common sense and basic reasoning from even a skeptic can easily resolve, that if the Madison County Prosecutor’s office had James Evans dead to right with indisputable incriminating evidence on those audio tapes related to this murder and solicitation of murder case, they would have turned the tapes over in days, a week at the most, within the time frame of receiving the Court’s order to do so. Their failure to turn over discovery materials that were part of the trial record, the obvious suppression of exculpatory evidence, established subordination of perjury, the plea dealings & reduction of sentences in violent crime cases with extremely shady characters who testified against Evans, monetary payouts for coerced testimony, and intimidation of witnesses (all which are alleged to have occurred in this case) combine a compelling story of wrongful conviction in the Evans case.

Now I know that all seems like such a broad, generalized, and speculated pile of dong right? After all, Evans was convicted by a jury of his peers right? Besides what do I know, I’m just a blogger. I can read and comprehend well. That’s why after reading through hundreds of documents related to the Evans conviction, I can convey with confidence that it all doesn’t add up to Evans being the perpetrator of the crimes for which he was tried and subsequently convicted. When I consider all of the information that I have brought to the surface related to his case, the suspicion related to those audio tapes which were suppose to be damning for Evans, is perhaps the most compelling aspect of the record that points to prosecutorial misconduct and potentially other crimes allegedly committed within the Madison County Sheriff’s office related to the James Evans case.

For instance, a Madison County Sheriff report indicates that Det. Bradley Wells had made copies of 19 tapes related to the Evans case and turned them over to the state prosecutor’s office as required by discovery laws. (View the document in the below link)

List Of Discovery Tapes Allegedly Turned Over To County Prosecutor

“This is a list of all audio recordings allegedly submitted for discovery. Only two of them I have ever heard, due to them being played in trial. I have never heard any of the others and they were not played at time of my trial (99-CF-634).”

   — James Evans

Now due to the bizarre circumstances which are unexplained pertaining to Madison County’s failure to turn over the subject tapes to Mr. Evans per a Court Order issued on December 16, 2008, the Court issued a second order regarding the exact same discovery tapes related to the Evans case on June 14, 2011 (five years later). Only problem though, is the tape list contained in the new order was now a total of only 15, minus 4 from the original list of 19 tapes in total. Also, the tapes are now titled differently in the second court order compared to the original list (Why is that?). Compare the two list of tapes and you do the math. (View the below link for the list of discovery tapes listed in second court order for tapes to be turned over to Evans)

List Of Tapes In Second Court Order

 

“This transcript is what is alleged to be on the tapes in question. Much of the transcripts are completely fictitious. Words/phrases included in the transcripts that were never uttered.”

“Sections were removed or drowned out by white noise (static).”

   — James Evans

Audio Transcripts Allegedly From Tapes At Issue In Evans Case

 

If the provided transcripts of the subject audio tapes at issue were considered even slightly by the jury to convict Mr. Evans, then you would really have to question the competence of those seated in the jury (all white citizens from rural Illinois). A good portion of these supposedly damning and alleged inculpatory tapes against Evans were rendered “not understandable” by who ever interpreted what was suppose to be on those tapes (or was that done for some other reason?) The transcripts do not follow logical discourse in a conversation, and a lot of the words don’t make sense for a reader when attempting to follow the conversation in its transcribed form. At least now we know why the Madison County Prosecutor’s Office has never turned those tapes over to Mr. Evans in over ten years, despite two court orders directing them to do so. #justicedelayedisjusticedenied #freejamesevansnow

 

To Be Continued (in a series)…

 

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In the first few articles related to the James Evans wrongful conviction for murder case, I highlighted some critical points, made some strong accusations against law enforcement officials, and even provided actual documents from the case file to demonstrate just how flawed and problematic the James Evans case was. Given what we know about some police agency’s criminal tactics in modern American policing, it should come as no surprise that these kinds of heinous acts of corruption and crimes allegedly committed by cops and the Madison County prosecutor’s office are finally being brought to the surface.

After all, there are a plethora of convicts around the entire American criminal justice system seeking post conviction relief for some of the very same claims that are being made in the Evans case. Police misconduct which include intimidation of witnesses, coercion of testimony, the subordination of perjury, and suppression of exculpatory evidence by the Madison County prosecutor’s office are just a few of the problematic elements of Evans’ case that can be proven if anyone cared to just look at his case file.

“Most of the people they brought into court, one after another to testify against James Evans, were in shackles and handcuffs from correctional facilities.”

It should be reiterated that Evans’ trial and subsequent conviction for Murder and solicitation of murder were predicated on a mountain of lies allegedly fabricated by Detective Bradley Wells, John Lakin and County Prosecutor Kieth Jensen, who allegedly collaborated to concoct a fake story of a retaliatory murder, solicitation of murder, then subverted the facts, and concealed the truth to send an innocent man to prison (sound familiar?). The police officials allegedly used a cast of extremely shady characters in a completely circumstantial case, to obtain a conviction. Evans could even have received the death penalty in these cases.

As one person who was there during the trial stated, “most of the people they brought into court, one after another to testify against James Evans, were in shackles and handcuffs from correctional facilities.” This just seems incredulous that these characters who all had lengthy criminal histories, were deemed credible, without forensics, incriminating ballistics, a weapon, and other damning evidence usually present in a capitol murder case (fact). Essentially the state had nothing by way of physical evidence linking Evans to the crime, except testimony from known criminals who are believed to have testified for plea deals in exchange for leniency related to their own criminal strife.

Not just that though, but the state hid some extremely pertinent information from the Evans’ jury that would have been fruitful to his defense. Its well established now that an Alton Police Detective (Cooley) wrote an affidavit declaring that the victim (Nekemar Pearson) was seen alive by him 10 days after Evans and others were supposed to have abducted him and murdered him. They concealed other crucial facts also. The man who Evans was convicted for soliciting his murder (Brian Warr), allegedly confessed to Detective Brad Wells that Evans, Clifton Wheeler, and himself killed Pearson and discarded his body in a wooded area in Godfrey Illinois. Yet, Warr was suffering from mental illness. In fact Warr had recently signed himself out of a health facility where he was being treated for mental health related illness, around the time he gave his confession implicating Evans, Wheeler, and himself in the subject murder.

“Brian Warr had lost his mind and the state knew he was sick, but they used his false testimony to convict me. He was also supposed to have confessed on video recording, but it was never played during my trial.”

   — James Evans

Evans’ claim that the state knew about Warr’s mental health issues has tremendous credibility, especially when you consider the testimony of police Detective Bradley Wells, who admitted to allegedly extracting a confession from Warr. After Warr confessed to being involved in the Pearson murder, he was allowed to leave the police station and go home (some say Wells released him so he could be killed by Crip gang members, in retaliation for Pearson’s killing). Warr’s alleged mental instability was problematic for police authorities if you follow the logic of this case. Warr was subsequently gunned down the very night that news broke that he and Evans had allegedly murdered Pearson. In reality it appears that a mentally ill Brian Warr was allegedly manipulated by Brad Wells for his supposed confession and involvement in the Pearson murder, and then fed him to the wolfs on the streets (crip gang members) to have him exposed of, and making certain no one ever discovered that he was in fact sick.

More importantly, Warr’s admission not only places him at the scene of the abduction and subsequent murder of Pearson, but he along with Clifton Wheeler (by Warr’s alleged account) allegedly acted in harmony with Evans during this capital murder. Notwithstanding that the alleged events that Warr and Wheeler both describe, as testified to by Det. Brad Wells during James Evans’ indictment hearing, don’t match the actual facts that the state presented at trial. In fact, what Wells testified to during the indictment regarding what he alleges was told by Warr and Wheeler, was so far removed from the established facts indicated in the autopsy report raise serious credibility issues with their account (that’s of course if you even believe the testimony of Bradley Wells). After all, Wells told the Grand Jury that Warr’s alleged eyewitness account indicated that Evans shot Pearson twice in the chest before he began walking back to the car. However, the autopsy clearly demonstrates that a projectile was retrieved from the “right lateral aspect of the vertebra” (rib area) in Pearson’s remains, and that another projectile was extracted from “the right vertebral column between the 11th and 12th intervertebral disc.

These technical details are extremely alarming when you consider Wells’ indictment testimony juxtapose to other elements contained in the autopsy findings. I mean its not rocket science, its literally in the report where the medical examiner even states, “the chest and abdominal skin were still in tact”. Now, either Wells clearly hadn’t seen the autopsy report himself prior to his indictment testimony, or he perjured himself during the Grand Jury indictment hearing. If Wells in fact read the autopsy report himself, then there is no way possible as a matter of science, at the very least, can he realistically accept Brian Warr’s alleged confession to have any merit whatsoever.

Transcripts from the actual trial indicated that after the alleged crime scene had been processed by police, casings were discovered in the field in Godfrey, and two projectiles were discovered at the coroner’s office at the Madison County morgue. These facts don’t align with the alleged statements that Brian Warr supposedly made to Brad Wells. During the Evans indictment hearing, Wells testified before the Grand Jury that Warr admitted to being an eyewitness to the Pearson killing, that Evans allegedly shot him twice in the chest, and as he turned to walk away he heard an additional 6 more gunshots. That’s a total of 8 gunshots according to the information that Wells told the Grand Jury to help obtain an indictment of James Evans (where are the other 5 bullets?). I mean was he shooting in the air? Why weren’t more projectiles recovered at the scene? You really have to call BS when you see it, because for all intent and purposes, the autopsy clearly demonstrates that Pearson was shot in the lower abdominal area of the body. Its easy to conclude that Wells probably didn’t believe Warr’s story, that’s more than likely why he let him go, and as he should have expected, based on the climate of gang activity during the time, Brian Warr was killed within 48 hours after Wells publicized that he was involved in the Pearson murder.

Its unfortunate that these kinds of inconsistencies occur during serious court cases involving violent crimes. There is always a rush to judgement and it seems that the Grand Jury is often told a volume of information that often times during the actual trial, is either proven to be false or contradictory. That’s exactly what happened in this case. Also, the Grand Jury was also misled when the state attorney asked Wells under oath if Pearson had ever been seen alive again by anyone after the date of his alleged abduction and subsequent murder, and Wells responded in the negative by stating “no”. That was untruthful because the Cooley report which indicates that an Alton police detective had seen Pearson walking down the street in Alton ten days after he was suppose to have been murdered, entirely dismantles the abduction and murder story that Wells testified to before the Grand Jury during the indictment proceedings. (Read a portion of Brad Well’s indictment testimony below that was given before a Grand Jury which resulted in James Evans being indicted for the murder of Nekemar Pearson, and the actual autopsy report of Pearson that was presented during the actual trial).

Detective Bradley Wells Grand Jury Testimony

Official Autopsy Summary of Nekemar Pearson

 

There are so many moving parts to the James Evans conviction that its too many to  met out here in a blog post, and even if I meticulous spelled it all out for the public to see, it would serve no justice, because James Evans’  battle ground should be in a court of law. That’s exactly why I am informing the public about this horrible wrongful conviction. For over 20 years now Mr. Evans has been fighting the Madison County criminal justice system, a system that has denied him his right to post conviction appeal. Its one thing to say that all convicted felons and murderers will always claim or profess their innocence to get out of prison, and in many cases convicts don’t ever get out of prison because the evidence is mounted too high against them.

In other cases state attorneys comply with orders of the appellate process and turn over all records as mandated and ordered by the courts, and many times state prosecutors do so with confidence knowing they prosecuted the case within the letter of the law. In the Evans trial there were audio recordings played for the jury which allegedly has Evans implicating himself in the Pearson murder, and conspiring or soliciting the murder of Brian Warr. Evans has been asking for the tapes since his conviction to have them forensically tested, because he says the tapes were doctored (multiple conversations edited to appear as one). Unfortunately, Evans has spent years trying to get those audio tapes for the purpose of testing. He wrote letters to his lawyers, filed motions to force the state to comply with discovery laws, and all of his efforts fell short to obtain the subject audios which are crucial to his post conviction appellate process. (View below link of James Evans’ petition for release of discovery audio, filed on September 27, 2006)

James Evans Petition For Release Of Audio Discovery

Despite an order entered by the Third Judicial Circuit Court of Madison, County, Illinois, directing the Madison County Prosecutor’s office to turn over the subject tapes to Mr. Evans, which occurred on December 16, 2008, the County prosecutor to this day has yet to comply with this court order with impunity. The County’s failure to comply with the Court’s directive has stalled Mr. Evans’ appellate process which has been at bar in Madison County for over a decade now.  The issue has been unresolved for so long that his case has been taken off of the Court Docket.

“I haven’t had a court date or hearing in 18 months.”

    — James Evans

Evans would eventually have the opportunity to pray his appeal before the Illinois State Supreme Court if his petition fails at the Third Judicial Circuit level, but Evans can’t even get over the basic rudimentary process of obtaining discovery items which he is entitled to per federal law (Brady vs. Maryland). Why is that? How could the Circuit Court of Madison County allow such blatant disregard for the Court and the law, for that matter, and for so long by the county prosecutor’s office? While these kind of stalling tactics by prosecutors who were successful in convicting suspicious cases are not uncommon, its simply another glaring irregularity in a mountain of other problematic elements of the Evans conviction that is beginning, and rightfully so, starting to not only raise eyebrows on the Evans case, but how they conduct business within the Madison County Illinois judicial system as a whole. (View the below links of the 2008 Third Judicial Circuit Court of Madison County Judge’s order for the state prosecutor to turn over all audio tapes to Evans, and a volume of other correspondences related to Evans’ failed attempts to obtain discovery items in his case)

Court Order For Discovery Release In Evans vs. The People of Illinois

Correspondences Related To Obtaining Discovery Audios

 

Its important to note that anyone, and you don’t have to be an attorney to figure out what’s going on regarding these matters. Common sense and basic reasoning from even a skeptic can easily resolve, that if the Madison County Prosecutor’s office had James Evans dead to right with indisputable incriminating evidence on those audio tapes related to this murder and solicitation of murder case, they would have turned the tapes over in days, a week at the most, within the time frame of receiving the Court’s order to do so. Their failure to turn over discovery materials that were part of the trial record, the obvious suppression of exculpatory evidence, established subordination of perjury, the plea dealings & reduction of sentences in violent crime cases with extremely shady characters who testified against Evans, monetary payouts for coerced testimony, and intimidation of witnesses (all which are alleged to have occurred in this case) combine a compelling story of wrongful conviction in the Evans case.

Now I know that all seems like such a broad, generalized, and speculated pile of dong right? After all, Evans was convicted by a jury of his peers right? Besides what do I know, I’m just a blogger. I can read and comprehend well. That’s why after reading through hundreds of documents related to the Evans conviction, I can convey with confidence that it all doesn’t add up to Evans being the perpetrator of the crimes for which he was tried and subsequently convicted. When I consider all of the information that I have brought to the surface related to his case, the suspicion related to those audio tapes which were suppose to be damning for Evans, is perhaps the most compelling aspect of the record that points to prosecutorial misconduct and potentially other crimes allegedly committed within the Madison County Sheriff’s office related to the James Evans case.

For instance, a Madison County Sheriff report indicates that Det. Bradley Wells had made copies of 19 tapes related to the Evans case and turned them over to the state prosecutor’s office as required by discovery laws. (View the document in the below link)

List Of Discovery Tapes Allegedly Turned Over To County Prosecutor

“This is a list of all audio recordings allegedly submitted for discovery. Only two of them I have ever heard, due to them being played in trial. I have never heard any of the others and they were not played at time of my trial (99-CF-634).”

   — James Evans

Now due to the bizarre circumstances which are unexplained pertaining to Madison County’s failure to turn over the subject tapes to Mr. Evans per a Court Order issued on December 16, 2008, the Court issued a second order regarding the exact same discovery tapes related to the Evans case on June 14, 2011 (five years later). Only problem though, is the tape list contained in the new order was now a total of only 15, minus 4 from the original list of 19 tapes in total. Also, the tapes are now titled differently in the second court order compared to the original list (Why is that?). Compare the two list of tapes and you do the math. (View the below link for the list of discovery tapes listed in second court order for tapes to be turned over to Evans)

List Of Tapes In Second Court Order

 

“This transcript is what is alleged to be on the tapes in question. Much of the transcripts are completely fictitious. Words/phrases included in the transcripts that were never uttered.”

“Sections were removed or drowned out by white noise (static).”

   — James Evans

Audio Transcripts Allegedly From Tapes At Issue In Evans Case

 

If the provided transcripts of the subject audio tapes at issue were considered even slightly by the jury to convict Mr. Evans, then you would really have to question the competence of those seated in the jury (all white citizens from rural Illinois). A good portion of these supposedly damning and alleged inculpatory tapes against Evans were rendered “not understandable” by who ever interpreted what was suppose to be on those tapes (or was that done for some other reason?) The transcripts do not follow logical discourse in a conversation, and a lot of the words don’t make sense for a reader when attempting to follow the conversation in its transcribed form. At least now we know why the Madison County Prosecutor’s Office has never turned those tapes over to Mr. Evans in over ten years, despite two court orders directing them to do so. #justicedelayedisjusticedenied #freejamesevansnow

 

To Be Continued (in a series)…

 

The People’s Champion

I’m Crime Blogger David Adams

 

David Adams

Self proclaimed geek, Advocate for the homeless, Social Change, Crime Blogger, and mobile technology enthusiast. A recognized Journalist and Human Interest Writer championing the plight of the masses whom are without a voice of their own.

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