In 1994, Nevest Coleman, 25 and the father of two small children, had a job he loved as a groundskeeper at Comiskey Park, where the White Sox play.
That same year, Coleman was wrongly convicted of rape and murder, and sent to prison. At the end of last year, following 23 years behind bars, DNA evidence proved that he had not he had not committed the crime. He was released.
And the White Sox gave him his old job back. As Major League Baseball’s Opening Day looms, Coleman once again is caring for the green field.
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Davontae Sanford is 18 and in prison. He was 14 when he confessed to shooting and killing four people in a drug house, but now Davontae says he confessed in order to please police.
Vincent Smothers is a professional hit man already convicted of eight murders. He now says that he killed the four victims Sanford took the rap for. There doesn’t appear to be any reason for Smothers to lie about it: the hit man is not known for his compassion toward others. Smothers even waived his attorney-client privilege with former attorney Gabi Silver so Silver could testify on Davontae Sanford’s behalf, and say under penalty of perjury that Smothers told her he was responsible for the killings, and that Sanford didn’t help him.
Prosecutors, however, are trying to block Silver’s testimony, which could free a wrongly imprisoned teen, arguing that it would be hearsay. While Sanford’s attorney, Kim McGinnis, says she has done everything in her power to convince Smothers to testify himself, he refuses, leaving it up to her.
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