3 former Philadelphia detectives are charged with perjury in wrongful rape and murder conviction

Three former Philadelphia Police Department detectives have been charged with perjury and false swearing stemming from a 1991 rape and murder case, de acuerdo a a statement released Friday by Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner.

Former homicide detectives Frank Jastrzembski, Manuel Santiago and Martin Devlin were charged with perjury for allegedly providing false testimony in the 2016 retrial of the case, according to Krasner.
      The district attorney accused the men of lyingboth in and out of court about their on-duty roles in the investigation, interrogation, and wrongful conviction of an innocent man, Anthony Wright, which occurred in 1993.
        Wright was wrongly convicted of raping and murdering 77-year-old Louise Talley in 1991.
          Menos que 24 hours after the body was found, Wright was coerced into signing a false confession by Santiago and Devlin, according to the grand jury’s findings submitted to the court. This confession was a handwritten document that was fabricated by the detectives, according to the grand jury document.
          “[The confession] describes how Wright raped and stabbed the victim repeatedlyDuring the interrogation detectives refused to accept Wright’s claims of innocence and insisted he committed the crime,” the document reads.
          Décadas después, further DNA testing placed a different man, Ronnie Byrd, at the scene of the crime and proved that he raped and killed Talley, de acuerdo con la presentación judicial. Despite this newfound evidence, prosecutors at the time pursued a retrial for Wright.
          “En el 2016 retrial, the three former detectives testified falsely under oath about both the evidence used to convict Wright and their knowledge of the DNA evidence that ultimately exonerated him,” the court document reads. los 2016 jury deliberated for less than an hour before acquitting Wright.
          An attorney for the three men, Brian McMonagle, denied any wrongdoing by the former detectives.
          These good men dedicated their careers to fighting for justice for victims of crime,” McMonagle told CNN on Friday. “They are innocent of these charges and will be vindicated at trial.
            The grand jury, in coming to its conclusion of recommending perjury, reviewed testimony transcripts from the former detectives as well as the recordings from depositions conducted in 2017, de acuerdo a Krasner.
            The Philadelphia Police Department said it could not provide a comment to CNN given the ongoing investigation. sin embargo, it did note that the former detectives retired from the departmentdecades ago.

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