Herman Lindsey, our board secretary, is supporting a local Florida state attorney who has created a unit in his office to examine innocence cases. Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren is capitalizing on the recent buzz around innocence issues after the premiere of the Netflix show, The Innocence Files, based on the work of the Innocence Project.
Herman Lindsey once thought he would be put to death by the state of Florida for a crime he knew he didn’t commit.
Lindsey was convicted for a 1994 pawn shop murder in Broward County.
He was convicted of killing Jo-Ann Mazzola during a robbery. The conviction came 12 years after the murder.
“At the beginning, it’s like a confident thing that you’re going home, and then at the end it’s like a shock. I was in a bad mental state for a while, like a numb state,” said Lindsey.
He wrote letter and asked people to take a new look at his case.
Finally, the Florida Innocence project did take a look at the evidence and the testimony they convinced the court system that Lindsey had been wrongfully convicted on circumstantial evidence.
“When you find out you have someone working on your case it gives you you’re life back a little,” said Lindsey.
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