In 1983 a married couple was beaten to death in the wilderness of North-Central Idaho. Mark Lankford and his brother, Bryan, were arrested for the murders. In fact Bryan Lankford committed the crime, whereas Mark wasn't even at the scene of the crime when it took place. However the prosecutors wanted to have both brothers sentenced and made a secret deal with Bryan: If he testified against his brother, he would receive a life sentence instead of a death penalty sentence - and so he did.
Although Bryan Lankford
recanted the testimony against his brother twice and claimed that was
sole killer of the man and wife in Idaho, the legal system of
has for more than 10 years denied Mark a new trial. It
that they rather kill an innocent man than admit that they
made a mistake in 1984 by declaring both brothers guilty of
Henry Lankford, was arrested on October 2, 1983, in Texas, for the
murders of a
couple, robert and Cheryl Bravence, that were killed on or about June 21, 1983 in the wilderness
of North-Central Idaho. My brother, Bryan, was arrested with me at the time.
evidence pointed to Bryan, he immediately began to blame me for the
many different statements to authorities. I remained silent, as is my Constitutional right in this
allegedly free country. When Bryan went to trial, he blamed me, but the jury must not have
believed him, as he was found guilty of two counts of first degree murder.
1984, my trial began and the State had nothing putting me at the scene
of the crime or
any evidence to show that I had ever seen the victims alive. So, they embarked upon a plan to
get Bryan to testify against me. The prosecution entered into an agreement with Bryan, offering
him all sorts of leniency, to secure his testimony. This conspiracy was a success, as I was
convicted in May, 1984. We were both sentenced to death on October 16, 1984. This, even
though the prosecution had recommended Life with Parole for Bryan. The sentencing judge
called Bryan "The Prince of Deceit", but later said he believed Bryan, when sentencing me to
recanted his testimony twice, stating that he alone was responsible for
the murders and
that I was not even at the scene of the crime (which happens to be the truth.) He recanted his
first recantation under pressure from his attorney, friends and the prosecutor, but he made his
second recantation in court of law, under oath, submitting to cross-examination and he stood
by his account that I was innocent. The corrupt judge rejected my motion for a new trial! (Keep
in mind that a jury has never heard the recantations and the judge/prosecution will not allow it.
We know why!)
has been through the Idaho Supreme Court and denied, as this court is
the publicity if they were to set an innocent man free. Why? Because they may be voted out of
their bench seats! They should all be voted out, as such cowards should not be in a position to
judge other human beings, especially someone subject to State Murder.
been on Death Row since October, 1984 and fighting this travesty of
time. My brother has had his death sentence thrown out and received Life without Parole. The
same Idaho Supreme Court I mentioned above has overturned the sentence and ordered the
prosecutors to recommend that Bryan receive an indeterminate Life sentence (with parole), in
conformance with the original prosecutor's bargain for Bryan's testimony against me! keep in
focus the assertion of the prosecutors, from my trial until now, that they did not make a deal
with Bryan. By not telling my jury of this "deal" I was denied a fair trial, which is guaranteed to all
Americans by the U.S. Constitution.
in Idaho must be afraid to cover such an explosive case as this, for
Boise, Idaho - May 2, 1996
Mark Henry Lankford
Both Mark H. Lankford and his brother Bryan were sentenced to death for the two murders in 1983. However - as is is described in Mark's testimony - the prosecution "made a deal" with Bryan promising him life with parole instead of death penalty, if he claimed that Mark had been involved. Afterwards Bryan has recanted his testimony twice. This is a written statement made on Christmas Day 1997...
To whom it may concern,
My name is Bryan S.
and I am the younger brother of Mark H. Lankford, and I have
known Mark for over 37 years, and whereas I spent almost 9 years with him on deathrow in Boise, Idaho, I believe it's fair to say that I know him better than any other person, and I know him to be a fair, compassionate, honest and sincere person as well as a friend and loving brother. And I can assure you that Mark H. Lankford should not be death row, nor should he be imprisoned, for there is only one person on God's green earth that knows the truth about what caused Mark to be on deathrow, and I am that man, not Mark H. Lankford. And I believe that the same judge that was found by the United States Supreme Court to have acted in secret im violation of the law, throughout my sentencing and trial, in which he sentenced myself to two death penalties, but because of his illegal acts I was taken off deathrow by the U.S. Supreme Court. And that same judge did his death-work illegally in secret is the same judge that I vehemently believe acted in secret, and he is still acting in secret and manipulating in Mark's case. And because I am the only one that truly knows the truth, and the truth is, Mark is innocent! And thus I beseech everyone that reads this document to help Mark as much as your hearts lead you. Thank you.
Sincerely Yours - Bryan S. Lankford, #20488, I.C.I.O. Unit B-2 Hospital N. DR. #23 Orofino, ID 83544
P.O. Box 51
through his supporters, a group of people, mainly in the US and
who want to support Mark's demand for a fair trial to prove his innocence.