In an emotional hearing Friday, a Philadelphia judge vacated Ogrod’s death sentence and convictions for the 1996 murder of 4-year-old Barbara Jean Horn. He walked free after 28 years behind bars.
A Pennsylvania inmate whom the Philadelphia prosecutor has concluded is “likely innocent” has symptoms of coronavirus as he remains incarcerated, awaiting a hearing that was postponed amid precautions related to the outbreak.
Larry Krasner’s office has asked the court to clear the conviction and sentence of Ogrod, who has served nearly three decades in prison for the murder of a 4-year-old girl.
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The nude, bound and mutilated bodies of three eight-year-old Cub Scouts were found in a water-filled ditch in a forest near their West Memphis, Ark., homes, one day after they disappeared in May, 1993.
After police in University City, Missouri, found Kimberly Cantrell shot to death in August, 2000, suspicion quickly fell on her ex-husband, Kimber Edwards, who had been charged with failing to make child support payments.
In a wealthy neighborhood of ranches thirty miles east of Los Angeles, a home was broken into in the early morning hours on a June night in 1983 and three members of the family, along with a family friend, were brutally killed.
In June, 1980, a Lake County, Illinois jury sentenced a truck driver named Robert M. Kubat, who had been in and out of prison for years, to death after convicting him of the murder of Lydia C. Hyde, 63.
Jarvis Jay Masters remains on death row, accused of murdering a corrections officer at San Quentin prison in 1985.
In 1986 the bodies of two so-called “Deadheads” — fans of the Grateful Dead who traveled with the group on tour — were found beaten and shot to death in the San Francisco Bay.