Tuesday, May 9, 2006

New witnesses say Porter committed murder

This morning the Tribune has the scoop about two important new witnesses in the unraveling story of the nationally celebrated Anthony Porter exoneration in 1999.

In the new affidavit, 35-year-old Raymond Brown says he was in the pool in the park the night Jerry Hillard and his fiance, Marilyn Green, were gunned down in nearby bleachers. The Tribune obtained a copy of the affidavit.

In the affidavit, Brown, who would have been 13 at the time, said he was with three friends in the park that night.

"While swimming I heard gunshots in the bleachers," Brown's affidavit states. "I looked up to see Porter firing a gun and I saw Jerry laying in the bleachers. I then saw Porter run past us with a gun in his hand," the document states.

Lawyers for Alstory Simon, who is serving 37 years in prison for the 1982 murders of Hillard and Green on Chicago's southeast side, are filing the witness affidavits this morning in Cook County Circuit Court and then will talk to the media.

Wonder if the Chicago Sun-Times will decide, finally, that this blockbuster story deserves a few sentences. Until now, the paper has refused to write a single word about the case.

I'll post the statements later today.

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