This petition is now closed, all signatures were sent to the appropriate places, in time for the writ of cert hearing in September - Thanks to all who cared, and signed.
Fredrick Bell was sent to death row in Mississippi 19 years ago for the murder of Bert Bell (no relation). His trial in a racially divided state was a farce. There were items of evidence that were never tested, which Fredrick says should they be, will clear him. Fredrick has always maintained he was out of state at the time of the murder, and the witness Frank Coffee who testified at trial he saw Fredrick at the scene has since recanted, claiming he was coerced by the Police into framing Fredrick. Now Fredrick is out of appeals. The courts have given his lawyers until August 26th to file a very last appeal, if that fails, it is likely an execution date will be set for around November, making Fredrick the fourth inmate executed in Mississippi this year.
We are asking that Fredrick be given a chance to prove his innocence, death is irrevocable, there are no chances to redeem a wrong decision.
This petition will close around about the 18th August so we have time to get it to lawyers, the Governor of Mississippi and the DA pleading for Fredrick to have the DNA in his case tested, and a new trial without the now recanted Frank Coffee.