Johnny Ray Conner
                 Texas Death Row
    
                                    Information Provided by Johnny Ray Connor

On June 28, 1999 I started my capital murder trial and June 29, 1999 I was convicted and June 30, 1999 I was sentenced to Death.  It took eight working days to pick my jury and before my trial started the DAs had me go to another Harris County jail 1301 to see a gang task force unit to ask me a question and take pictures of me and my tattoo'es to show that I was in a gang when I have no gang file or ever been in a gang and when the gang task force expert took the stand in my trial, he made a racist comment about "black people getting M.O.B. tattoo'ed on them or use the phrase".  A lot of young people and music artists have the tattoo or use the same phrase.  My lawyer objected to the comment and asked for a mistrial and the judge overruled it.  On May 14, 1999 I had a pre-trial and a identifying hearing and the eye witnesses for the state took the stand.  Two witnesses changed and lied on the stand and all three had different stories of what they had seen and what had happened that day.  The key witness got on the stand and said the police came and saw him the next day in the hospital and showed him a photobook of twelve to twenty four people and he picked me out of the book. But when my lawyer asked the police officer about it, he said he didn't show the witness a photobook of twelve to twenty four people, he showed him a photo spread of six people that he showed the other two people and that he showed the photo spread a month later on June the 12th 1999.

The witness also said that he "saw" me shoot the person and on the indictment papers it says that he "heard" gun shots coming from the store.  The witness also put me in a white T-shirt and "tan" shorts with white shoes. He also said that I didn't have on a cap but when I ran out the store that I had a red cap on.  He said that he came in with his head down and when he look up he saw me pointing a gun at the person then I pointed the gun at him and back at the person and that we stood there looking at each other for five minutes until he tried to run and I shot him.  He gave a description to the police that day in the hospital and in the description it didn't have my tattoo tear drop under my left eye nor did it have my scar over my right eyebrow and I have a mald on the left side of my nose and a gold tooth in my mouth.  Remember he said we looked at each other for five minutes and he didn't tell the police any of those things.  In pre-trial my laywer asked him was he drinking that day and he said he had one or two beers at home.  My lawyer then asked what was the reason he went to the store!  He said to get some gas, buy some beer and get his kids something to drink.  I remember later when my trial started that the D.A. showed the jury some photo's and in the photo's was one that had him standing at the corner where he "said he was standing when he saw me".When the D.A. showed the crime sense tape, however, it showed some blood, drinks, and a twenty-four pack of beer on the floor.  The blood was his, the drinks and beer was his just like he said,but all of it wasn't where he was standing in the photo's the D.A showed the jury, it was closer to the counter window where the two people were supposed to be at.  With the description he gave the police and from what the tape had he really couldn't identify the person and that from May 17, 1999 to June 12, 1999, they didn't have a suspect until some one said I did it and they got a photo from that person and compared it to the description of all the witnesse.  It didn't have any of the things that were on my face!  So the D.A. had those photos taken and he was farther from where he was so that could explain why he couldn't see those things on my face even though he already gave a statement and description.  But once again when the trial started my lawyer didn't present any of these "facts" to the jury nor did he tell the jury that there was no gun found, no bullet casing found on the ground, and no video tape even though the store had a video camera.  He didn't even tell the jury that I go to the store every other day and that I had went to the store that day about 10:00 am to 10:30 am, but not at 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm that day.  The D.A. had a soda water bottle with a piece of my index finger on the top of the plastic bottle, but it also had two full finger prints of different people around the bottle too.  The lawyer didn't argue about that and the fact that the D.A. said I walked in and went to the back of the store, opened a refridgerator, got the soda out and went to the front window, put the soda on the counter like I was going to buy it then pulled out a gun and tried to rob the store.  The police had taken fingerprints of the west entrance and the north entrance and my fingerpints weren't on them.  They also checked around the counter and the refridgerator in the back and none of my fingerprints were on them.  He didn't tell the jury that either and as for the soda water, the crime sense expert that made the tape said in my trial that there wasn't any soda on the counter like the D.A. had said.  He said he found the soda on the floor by the beef jerk stand and that there was a soda water cooler right next to the stand.  He said he looked around, saw the soda on the floor and picked it up and then put it in his van because to him it was out of place.  When my lawyer asked why he did that, he couldn't answer.  Remember, there were alot of things on the floor and he didn't pick them up or move them and also that they had no suspect until someone said I did it.  When they showed the crime sense tape there was a soda bottle anywhere and they make the tape before they move or touch anything, just for the record.  My lawyer didn't bring this up either during my trial.  The other witness in the pre-trial also said she saw me running from the store and I was looking back at the store, not in front of me and that she almost hit me.  She also said that  when she stopped I looked at her face to face and pointed a gun under the side of my shirt, then ran across the street, down the block and turned on a street, jumped into a car and got away.  My lawyer asked her was she sure about what she saw  because he had a copy of the report she gave the police and none of that was in there.  She said she told them that and that she saw me two weeks ago after the crime and I was walking down the street. My lawyer said 'you didn't call the cops but when the crime happened you chased him in your car down the block. Why is that?'  My lawyer asked her again did she see me run out of the store and she said yes and then said the store is the only thing on the corner and he had to come out of there.  The lawyer said there's a restaraunt right next to the store  or he could have came around the corner running and she couldn't say anything.  She also gave a description of the person she said she saw and no tear drop, no scar, and no mald or gold tooth.  She also said that the person was running at full speed and then stopped in front of her car when she almost hit him.  The lawyer said he was running at full speed and then stopped on the dime and never open his mouth.  She said no.  She said that the person had in a white shirt and "blue jeans" and white shoes.  She also said that when the man was running he didn't have on a red cap or any hat.  When my trial started he didn't bring any of this up in front of the jury.  The last witness took the stand in pre-trial and said she didn't see the man run out of the store but he ran in front of her car, that her husband almost hit him and that he ran down the block, turned on a street, got in a car and got away.  She also chased him.  The first lady said she was heading north on Fulton Street and this lady said she was heading south on Fulton Street.  This lady said that the man never stopped in front of any car and that he didn't have on a red cap or a hat at all.  She gave a description too.  She didn't say tear drop under left eyes, scar over right eyebrow or a mald on left side of nose or a gold tooth.  She said the man she saw was 6 foot tall and wasn't a baseball player type or a basketball player type or a football player type, he was a skinny little person.  My lawyer said that my client is 5 foot 6 inches and not a skinny or little person.  All three witnesses picked me out of a six peopple photo line-up and said that I did it.  All had different descriptions and each had said different things than what the other witnesses had said about what happened and what he was wearing that day.  This lady's husband was driving  and the police got a description and statement from him too.  He said that the person had on a white T-shirt and " black" shorts and a hat, but he couldn't see the man's face so the D.A. didn't use him as a witness.  Every witness had a different description and when trial started my lawyer didn't bring any of these things up and didn't get the sketch description that was made up and passed around to show the jury non the fact that two witnesses had changed their statements and lied during pre-trial and also the fact that I had five people to put me on the other side of town at that time of day.  He didn't call them or get anyone to come to trial that day.  As I sit here and my appeal brief is due at the end of March 2000 or April 2000 I ask that if I can get any legal help or assistance in bringing this forth it will be appreciated.  I have been equippinig my mind with the knowledge much needed to combat this atrocious act of barbarity against the law and mankind.  I truly hope that someone or people who read this letter or webpage will answer my calling for help.  I thank you for your time in this matter.  Take care and God Bless You.

Sincerely,
Johnny Ray Conner

               Mr. Johnny Ray Conner  #999324
                               Polunsky Unit
                          3872 F.M. 350 South
                            Livingston Texas
                                  77351 USA


             JOHNNY RAY CONNER'S PEN-PAL REQUEST:

I am an African American man who is 26 years old.  I am a father to two precious children
who mean the world to me.  My son's name is Joesphy J. Conner and he is four years old.
My daughter's name is Johniesha D. Conner and she is one year old.
My birthday is April 27, 1975 and I was born in Shreveport, Lousiana to a single mother.

I hope to find a friend whom I can talk to when life appears to be dark and desolate.
Someone with who I can share my joys, my pains and my adventures in life.
I seek someone who is non-judgemental, open-minded and willing to write.
Let me convey to you a little more about me.  I am 5' 7' tall; 165lbs; brown skin and
hazel brown eyes to match.  I like sports, music, good books (prefer fiction) and am
a strong believer in God and his son Jesus Christ.

               Mr. Johnny Ray Conner  #999324
                               Polunsky Unit
                          3872 F.M. 350 South
                            Livingston Texas
                                  77351 USA
 
         Johnny Ray Conner's German Webpage

                 JOHNNY RAY CONNER'S ORIGINAL PEN PAL REQUEST:

My name is Johnny Ray Conner, and I'm an African American man currently living on Texas death row.  I'm writing in hopes to find a friend, whom I can talk to when life appears to be dark and desolate.  Someone who I can share my joys, my pains, my ups and downs in life.  I seek someone who is nonjudgmental and open minded and believes in God and willing to write.   Let me convey a bit about me;  I'm 5 ft 7 inches tall, 160 lbs in weight.  I'm the father of 2 precious kids that mean the world to me.  I like sports, music, art and a good book.   Right now I'm studying law books to equip my mind with the knowledge much needed to co-combat this atrocious act of barbarity against man kind.  I truly hope that whoever reads this letter as it travels a thousand miles and across a vast ocean,  I pray that you will answer my calling for friendship and write soon.  I thank you.  Take care.  GOD BLESS YOU. sincerely.
 
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