Please read the text of this petition and sign if you agree!
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.
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At the moment, Fredericks Lawyers have until August the 26th the file a writ of certiorari. His lawyers plans to file this writ, around a week early, to ensure it is with the court by the 26th. Should this writ be denied then the court is liable to issue an execution date. The chances are the date would be around early to mid November.
We are also asking that all members also write, phone, fax or e-mail the Governor: phone at 1-877-405-0733 or 601-359-3150, or by mail at: P.O. Box 139, Jackson, Mississippi 39205. Or write the office at email@example.com.