Speaking out from death row
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Darrell is a death row inmate in the notorious San Quentin Prison (California). He has been waiting for 14 years to clear his name. We are fighting, not only for Darrell’s ultimate freedom, but for his life.
Here is his personal account: (edited from original)
My name is Darrell Lomax. I am currently condemned to Death Row at San Quentin, California State Prison. I was judged guilty in September 1996 in the Long Beach Superior Court for the alleged crime of robbery and murder. I did not commit these crimes, nor did I have knowledge of them. I have been wrongfully convicted and condemned to death. I believe the evidence in my case will support my innocence.
On August 29, 1994 I was detained, harassed, and arrested during an “alleged” routine traffic infraction stop in which I was a backseat passenger. During the illegal detention I was ordered to participate in a field identification line up and also given a gunshot residue test. Both field identification line-up and gunshot residue tests were negative; providing proof of my innocence.
None the less I continued to be illegally detained. After an exploratory search took place of the interior of the vehicle and weapons were found, I was escorted to the Long Beach, California County Jail and booked on CCW (Carry Concealed Weapons) despite being a backseat passenger. My rights were never read to me.
On September 1, 1994, I went to be arraigned on the charge of murder and robbery, no CCW was ever mentioned. The arraignment was postponed for two weeks because I didn’t have an attorney.
I was inadequately represented by the Public Defenders Office. I repeatedly addressed the Court regarding the attorney’s poor performance, misrepresentation, unwillingness to investigate, and file motions, among other things. Additionally he represented an alleged witness for the prosecution while the office represented me, causing a conflict of interest.
Although initially denied, records later proved that the same alleged witness received the benefit of a deal between the prosecutor in my case (and or others acting on his behalf) and Compton judge to have a PC 1385 Case against him dismissed.
Additionally, he received a dismissal of 1,600.00 worth of traffic tickets, and suspended licence reinstated. The fact that he carried a concealed weapon on the night he was questioned was ignored. This “witness” was manufactured to further the case. Not only was this witness caught in numerous lies, he admitted on cross examination to being a liar.
My alleged co-defendant admitted to and tested positive as being under the influence of PCP. An investigation revealed there was an eyewitness inside the business where the crime took place who says he saw the perpetrators. The same eyewitness cleared me at a filed investigation line up of being involved with the crime. According to reports, he in fact identified the shooter. My attorney failed to secure this witness for my trial, claiming he was unable to locate him.
My public defender made no effort to preserve the eyewitness that motioned to exonerate me, contact other witnesses who could have verified my whereabouts, nor bring forth the information regarding the numerous favours offered to the “manufactured” witness. These errors caused irreparable damage to my defense.
Upon conclusion of the investigation the Public Defenders Office was dismissed; the conflict was regarded as egrious. The public defenders replacement, a private counsel hired by the Court, went to trial unprepared.
During the trial no physical evidence pointed toward me. The alleged murder weapon had prints; but not mine. There was a footprint on a bag inside the crime scene which was not mine. I was ordered to participate in a field identification line-up and a gun residue test; both resulting in the negative. There was an eyewitness that not only exonerated me, but identified the shooter.
My case if full of inconsistencies and a prime example of a prosecutors over zealousness to present a conviction for a horrific crime. I have been condemned for death for something I did not do.
I am indigent and I need help. If you can provide any kind of assistance to me; know of anyone who may, or have any referrals please contact me at the address above. Thank you for your time.
Declining Prison Population and Death Sentences
18 March 2010
The case of Darrell Lomax