The Marshall Project has a new article written by Lorea Gillespie, an investigator with The New England Innocence Project. She talks about what it takes to hunt down witnesses for a case 23 years old.
As I virtually pass by each house on Google Maps Street View, I grow increasingly disheartened.
I’ve been in Orlando for almost two days now, and I’m worried that I’m not going to find this witness — and this witness is huge. She’s the only person who may have seen the 1989 murder I’m working on.
I’m an investigator with The New England Innocence Project, and we believe that our client, JIMMY1, is innocent, even though he was convicted 23 years ago.
I’ve spent hours driving back and forth across this city, trying dozens of addresses. Each time, I run back to my hotel room, get on the computer, and use my locations program to find more options. I try old neighbors, old roommates, old friends — anyone I can find.
No matter who I talk to, though, no one can help me. “Yeah, so-and-so lived here about a year ago, but I don’t know where she’s at now.”
Another door closes in my face.
Read the rest here.