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Death Row Essay

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            On May 23, 1981 in the state of Jacksonville, Florida, Leo Jones was convicted of the murder of a police officer, Thomas Szafranski. The officer was struck in the head by a sniper bullet while sitting in his police car in downtown Jacksonville. Leo Jones was later arrested that same day in a nearby apartment where two Winchester rifles were found and was sentenced to death by electrocution. Only one of the rifles found contained Jones’ fingerprints. Jones did confess to the killing saying he killed the officer because of police beatings, but however he later said that the confession was a lie and that the ...view middle of the document...

“Schofield has a lengthy criminal history that has put him in prison for all but about three of the past 26 years. In 1974, when he as 17, Schofield pleaded guilty to manslaughter, he served five years and was releases in 1979, the next year he was charged with murder, but those charges were dropped”(Juan Ignacio Bianco). Evidence soon began to be gathered that schofield was present moments after the crime was committed and also received evidence that Schofield had admitted to others that he killed Szafranski. Not only did investigators have outside witnesses throwing in evidence they had also received information from a man named Paul Allen Marr, a prison inmate. Marr told Jones’ lawyers that when he was in prison with Schofield, he had said he was the man who killed Szafranski, not Jones. Jones’ attorneys requested a new trial for Jones but the appeal was rejected, saying that the evidence was insufficient. In 1991 more evidence came to the table, Schofield’s girlfriend said that shortly after the murder Schofield flagged her down and hopped in the car and told her to drive away, he had also said to her that if the police came looking for him to tell them that he had been...

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