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To: Governor Rick Perry of Texas and Texas State Representatives
We, the undersigned, have added our signatures to this petition to
make a plea on behalf of innocent Texas Death Row Prisoner, Rickey
Lynn Lewis #999097, for an immediate opportunity to have his DNA
analyzed in order to prove his innocence of the crime he is
convicted. Based on the following evidence, which includes testimony
from the state Pathologist, testimony from the Texas Department of
Public Safety Laboratory, testimony from two agents of the FBI, and
testimony from trial witnesses who all give proof that Rickey Lynn
Lewis is innocent of the crime he was convicted of. We want Rickey
Lynn Lewis to be given his Constitutional Right to prove his
innocence. Our signatures on this petition indicate that we urge you
to review the death sentence of Mr. Rickey Lynn Lewis and grant him
a fair trial and a DNA analysis. Like all of Mr. Lewis' supporters,
you will learn of his overwhelming innocence, and you will free this
innocent man from Death Row.
RICKEY LYNN LEWIS, #999097, has spent over the last eight (8) years
on Texas' Death Row, in Livingston Texas, for a crime he did not
commit. After being found guilty of Capital Murder on April 29,
1994, and thereafter; being sentenced to death, his appeal was taken
to the Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas, which upheld the
conviction of guilt, based on many false facts. The evidence which
led to the capital murder conviction of Mr. Lewis was based on the
testimony of witnesses, who now say that they lied and gave
completely untrue statements regarding Rickey Lynn Lewis.
Proof: Rickey Lynn Lewis has two (2) signed statements by the
witnesses to prove that they lied and gave untrue statements! As
well as the changed statement of another witness. Mr. Lewis' Court
Appointed Lawyer, at the time, failed to bring the facts to light
during the Appeals Court, SO ONLY THE PUNISHMENT PHASE OF THE TRIAL
WAS REVERSED AND ORDERED for a new hearing.
There are (4) four male suspects who are believed to have entered
the residence of the victim and the surviving victim on 9/17/1990.
As the case stands today, Rickey Lynn Lewis has been the only person
ever to be arrested and convicted of this crime. THE STATE
PATHOLOGIST TESTIFIED TO THE FIVE - DEGREE ANGLE, IN WHICH THE
VICTIM WAS 6'2" TALL. THE STATE PATHOLOGIST TESTIFIED THAT THE GUN
SHOT ANGLE WOULD HAVE HAD TO COME FROM A PERSON THAT IS
APPROXIMATELY 5'10" TALL. RICKEY LYNN LEWIS' HEIGHT IS 5'3" TALL!
THE SHERRIFF'S DEPARTMENT OFFICERS FOUND THE FOLLOWING:
fingerprints, footprints, three (3) different voices that were heard
by the surviving victim, and the surviving victim also gave two (2)
completely different descriptions of the perpetrator. The surviving
victim gave the following descriptions, but none of them match
Rickey Lynn Lewis' appearance or even remotely resemble a
description of him.
1. - A TALL, SLIM BUILT MAN, WITH A 2" AFRO - STYLE HAIRCUT.
Proof: Rickey Lynn Lewis is not a tall, slim man. He is only 5'3"
tall and he weighed 160 pounds at the time of his arrest. His build
is short in stature.
2. - OTHER EVIDENCE WAS GATHERED INCLUDING: BLOOD, HAIR, SEMEN
STAINS, AND TEETH MARKS.
Proof: NONE OF THIS EVIDENCE WAS EVER IDENTIFIED TO HAVE COME FROM
RICKEY LYNN LEWIS IN THIS CASE.
Upon retrial, once again, Rickey Lynn Lewis was sentenced to death
on February 27, 1997, in Tyler, Texas. He was not given the
opportunity to impeach the surviving victim using newly discovered
evidence (video tapes) and to cross examine other testimony during
the trial. The charges against Rickey Lynn Lewis were entirely based
upon circumstantial evidence and the burden of proof was never met
in this case.
The case against Rickey Lynn Lewis was based on D.N.A - PCR Blood tests.
Proof: An expert at the Texas Department of Public Safety
Laboratory, testified concerning the swabs of blood tests, of hairs,
and saliva tests that were submitted by the Smith County Sheriff's
Department, and she said that she could not identify that Rickey
Lynn Lewis was the source of the blood stains in the blazer nor the
blood donor to the sexual assault. Two agents of the FBI determined
that neither Rickey l.ynn Lewis' blood nor his DNA matched the blood
or DNA that was found at the crime scene and in the blazer. Blood
tests were never taken, to check blood samples from the four other
suspects. Two of the suspects had, in their possession, the gun
taken from the victim's home and another one failed three (3)
polygraph tests when questioned about the crime. However, ALL of
these suspects were set free. The courts have denied Rickey Lynn
Lewis' request to have DNA tests done on the suspects and on
himself. MR. LEWIS STATED HE CAN PROVE HIS INNOCENCE WITH A DNA
TEST. The "! testimony" of (2) two drug dealers was used to arrest
Rickey Lynn Lewis, and it was later proven that both of the drug
dealers' statements were untrue and misleading.
False evidence was deliberately presented by perjured testimony, to
the Court and Jury, through witnesses, who testified that they
deliberately changed their statements and lied. Rickey Lynn Lewis
has two (2) signed statements by the witnesses to prove this! As
well as the changed statement of another witness.
AT THE TRIAL HELD IN 1994, THE STATE ATTORNEY'S main witness, who
was at the crime scene, was unable to identify anyone at the crime
when it happened. The surviving victim could not physically identify
the suspect, she only offered that there were (3) three different
voices that she heard during the entire time. In 1997, upon retrial,
only in the punishment phase, the State's main witness, changed her
story from not being able to physically identify the suspects and
only hearing voices TO A COMPLETE PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION OF THE
SUSPECTS. Three years later, the State's main witness claimed she
had a physical description of the suspects after testifying she
could not provide descriptions of the perpetrators!
Proof: DURING THE YEAR THAT THIS CRIME HAPPENED, MR. LEWIS CAN
PROVE, WITH PHOTOS, THAT HE DID NOT MATCH ANY OF THESE DESCRIPTIONS
OF THE PERPETRATORS THAT THE SURVIVING VICTIM GAVE IN 1997. Neither
Rickey Lynn Lewis, nor his Court Appointed Lawyers knew anything of
these statements or descriptions. Also, two (2) critical video taped
recordings from the Smith County Sheriff's Department and the State
Attorney were available to help Mr. Lewis, but neither he nor his
lawyers knew of the existence of the tapes.
There was no expert testimony that ties Rickey Lynn Lewis to this
crime or supports the State's main witness' testimony! Therefore,
the conviction of Rickey Lynn Lewis should be overturned, and he
should be freed. The State pathologist testified that the victim was
shot in the face, at a (5) five degree angle and from (12) twelve
inches away. The victim, who was shot, was 6 foot, 2 inches tall.
The gun shot angle would have had to have come from a person that is
approximately 5 foot, 10 inches tall, to achieve this type of a (5)
five degree angle. The pathologist testified that Rickey is not the
shooter; he is not the murderer! Here are the facts: Proof: As
stated earlier, Rickey Lynn Lewis' height is 5 foot 3 inches tall.
Thus, he is not the murder. THE STATE ATTORNEY FOR THE PROSECUTION
stated at trial in 1994, that RICKEY LYNN LEWIS was NOT the man who
shot the victim.
The surviving victim testified, in trial, that when the assailant
had finished sexually assaulting her, one of the perpetrators in the
room had stated, "TIE HER UP JAMES.
Proof: The defendant's name is Rickey Lynn Lewis. With the exception
of a nickname "little Rat" because he is so small, the defendant has
never been called anything else but his name; Rickey Lynn Lewis. At
no time, has he ever been called JAMES or any other name with a "J" !
All of the information in this petition is summarized from a sworn
document signed by Rickey Lynn Lewis himself in the year 2000.
We, the undersigned, are asking you, as the Governor and State
Representatives of the state of Texas, to review the death sentence
of Mr. Rickey Lynn Lewis, grant him a fair trial, grant an analysis
of his DNA, and overturn his conviction.
Background - Facts - Problems
HOW YOU CAN HELP
THE STATE PATHOLOGIST TESTIFIED TO THE FIVE - DEGREE ANGLE, IN WHICH THE ALLEGED VICTIM WAS 6'2" TALL. THE GUN SHOT ANGLE WOULD HAVE TO COME FROM A PERSON THAT US APPROXIMATELY 5'10" TALL. MY HEIGHT : 5'3" TALL.
MY NAME IS RICKEY LYNN
LEWIS, #999097, and I have spent the last five years (5) on Texas' Death Row,
in Huntsville, Texas.
After being found guilty of Capital Murder on April 29th, 1994, and thereafter being sentenced to death, My appeal was taken to the court of Criminal Appeals of Texas, which upheld the conviction as to guilt, based on many false facts. State Witness, Ms. Shannon Caddell, who now says that the State Attorney's told her to lie, and say what Sheriff's Officers wanted her to say during the trial against Rickey Lynn Lewis.
The defendants Court Appointed Lawyer failed to bring the facts to the light of the Appeals Court, SO ONLY THE PUNISHMENT PHASE OF THE TRIAL WAS REVERSED AND ORDERED for a new punishment phase hearing.
Please keep in mind that there are (4) four male suspects that was believed to have entered the residence of George Newman and surviving victim, Connie Hilton, on 9/17/1990. As the case stands today, I, Rickey Lynn Lewis, have been the only person ever to be arrested and blamed for this crime.
THE SHERRIFF DEPARTMENT OFFICERS FOUND THE FOLLOWING :
THERE WERE FINGERPRINTS, FOOT PRINTS, - THERE WERE THREE (3) DIFFERENT VOICES THAT WAS HEARD BY THE SURVIVING VICTIM. THE SURVIVING VICTIM ALSO GAVE TWO (2) DIFFERENT 'SUSPECT' DESCRIPTIONS :
1. - A TALL, SLIM BUILT MAN, WITH A 2" AFRO - STYLE HAIRCUT.
2. - THE OTHER MAN, THAT WAS SAID TO HAVE BEEN SEEN, HAD A 'FAT FACE'.
OTHER EVIDENCE GATHERED
: BLOOD, HAIR, AND SEMEN STAINS, PLUS TEETH MARKS. NONE OF THESE FACTS
WAS EVER POSITIVELY IDENTIFIED TO HAVE COME FROM 'ME' IN THIS CASE.
Upon retrial, once again,
I was sentenced to death on February 27th, 1997, in Tyler, Texas. I
was not allowed by the Trial Court Judge, Diane DeVasto, and State Attorneys,
to impeach surviving victim by newly discovered evidence (video tapes) and
cross examination of other testimony during trial ! Not to mention that
the wrong Capital Murder Law was applied during the 1997 Trial Phase,
making it impossible for me to have a fair trial and prove my innocence.
The charges against me were entirely based upon circumstantial evidence and
the burden of proof was never met in this case.
THE FACTS ARE :
The case against me was based on D.N.A - PCR Blood tests that were illegally taken, three times from "me", by sheriff Officers pro textual actions. The day after my arrest, on 9/20/1990, blood was taken by orders of (2) Two Sheriff's Officers, (2) Nurses that were LVN and a doctor to remove one (1) vials of Blood from a large cut on my left arm after re-opening the cut, 15 days of the healing stage, without my consent to do this surgery, which was illegal.
NOTICE: that day, the victims Stolen Blazer was also there in the garage on 12/9/1990, again, one or two Sheriff's officers that took blood before, was back, with a Court Order, to draw three (3) more vials of Blood, this time from Rickey Lynn Lewis, on that date, (3) Three months later.
On 5/5/1994, (4) Sheriff's Officers came and got me, and ordered me by force, and took more blood at the Smith County Jail, at Tyler Texas, illegally without my consent once again! In trial of 1994, the State Attorney stated that only the blood ordered by the court, on 12/9/1990, was DNA tested.
WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE OTHER TWO VIALS OF BLOOD THAT WAS TAKEN 9/20/1990 and also on 5/5/1994? The Court could not answer that. My blood type is 0+, which is 45 % of the world's population's blood group.
When using the N.C.R DNA blood tests, comparing the genetic strand profile match, the probability rate is 1 in 280, on (2) Two point genetic strand. When comparing (3) Three points, the rate increases to 1 in 7,370. Now, I have to request that people, named by me, to have blood tested at my selection, to help me prove my innocence, because I believe (2) two of these suspects were questioned by police and let go, based upon my studies and investigations while locked up.
To have these new DNA tests will cost me approximately (20) Twenty to (30) Thousand dollars. This ws needed to be done a long time ago at my first trial, but was denied my request, by the Court.
#2 - Mrs. Lorna Beasley, of the Texas Department of Public Safety Laboratory, testified concerning the swabs of blood tests, of hairs, pubic hairs, and saliva tests that were submitted to her by Smith County Sheriff's , that she could not "positively identify", that Mr. Rickey Lynn Lewis , was the source of the blood stains in the blazer, nor blood donor to the sexual assault.
#3- Mrs. Lorna Beasley, and Agent Quill, of the FBI, who allege to have matched my DNA, by using PCR - profile. Agent Quill also testified that DNA is not as good as finger printing and that he could not say for a fact that this was Rickey l. Lewis' blood, DNA that was found at the crime scene or in the blazer ! Blood tests were never taken, tocheck blood samples from Douglas Johnson or Billy Wayne Johnson or Darrell Henderson. Two of them had in their possession the gun taken from the victims home, another one of the 13 people, failed three polygraph tests, by Sheriff's Officers when questioned about the crime at hand. However ALL of these suspects were set free by Officers.
SUSPECTS N.B, F.T,
J.W, A.W, F.W, A.W.L, G.J, J.J,
and Deceased men, J.W, D.J, B.W.J, D.H, and R.J.M
THE COURTS HAVE OVER-RULED
MY REQUEST TO HABE THESE TESTS DONE.
THATS WHY I HAVE TO DO IT MYSELF .... TO PAY THE COST.
#4 - Police relied on (2) Two drug dealers to arrest "me" and it was later proven that both their statements, given to State Attorney's, were untrue and mis-leading to the Judge.
#5 - The State Attorney deliberately presented during trial, false evidence, by perjured testimony, to the Court and Jury, through two state witnesses, that testified that the Sheriff Police's investigators deliberately changed their statements of the two State Witnesses initially given. Now, I have two (2) signed statements by those two (2) witnesses to prove this ! Just as well as Paula Erwin's changed statement, done by Sheriff Officers, and the State.
#6 - AT THE TRIAL HELD IN 1994, THE STATE ATTORNEY'S main witness that was at the crime scene, was unable to identify anyone at the crime when it happened. Only (3) three different voices were said to have been heard during the whole time, stated by surviving victim at the crime. I have Documented Proof ! Now, in 1997, upon retrial, only in the punishment phase, the State's main witness, "surviving victim," at the crime, has now changed her story as to identification of what she saw. The statement at retrial in 1997, was that "one of the perpetrators, the surviving victim, of the states, allegedly saw, "WAS A TALL, SLIM BUILT MAN, WITH A (2) TWO INCH AFRO-STYLED HAIRCUT. THE OTHER MAN, THAT SHE SAW, HAD A "fat face". ALL NEW FACTS, SAID BY THE SURVIVING VICTIM, that she was at the crime when this Capital Murder happened.
In 1994, whole trial by Jury, the defendant, Rickey L. Lewis, nor his cour Appointed Lawyers knew anything of these new statements in the two (2) video taped recording in any police reports, that has been in the Smith County Sheriff's Officers and State Attorney, that was deliberately kept away in their custody, during the first trial, and also to the second trial in 1997.
#7 - There wasn't any expert testimony that ties "Me" to this crime or supports the States Chief Witness, or their conviction !
#8 - The State pathologist testified that the victim was shot in the face, at a (5) degree angle and from (12) twelve inches away. The victim killed was 6 foot, 2 inches tall. The gun shot angle would have to come from a person that is approximately 5 foot, 10 inches tall, to achieve this type of a 5 degree angle. I now have this documented facts.
A. I am anything but 5 foot, 10 inches tall. My height is 5 foot 3 inches tall.
B. DURING THE YEAR THAT THIS CRIME HAPPENED, I CAN PROVE WITH COLORED PICTURES OF MYSELF, THAT I DIDN'T COME CLOSE TO ANY OF THESE TWO NEW DESCRIPTIONS OF THE PERPETRATORS THAT THE SURVIVING VICTIM OF THE STATE GAVE IN TRIAL IN 1997.
C. THE STATE ATTORNEY PROSECUTION IN THIS CASE AGAINST ME, RICKEY LYNN LEWIS, stated at trial in 1994, that I was NOT the man that shot the victim and killed him in this crime, nor was it any evidence to prove this.
D.-The surviving victim testified in trial when the assailant had finished sexually assaulting her, one of the perpetrators in the room had stated, "TIE HER UP JAMES," My name is Rickey Lynn Lewis. When I was 16 years old, a friend and my cousin, gave me the nickname "little Rat" because I was so small with big ears, and looked a little like this animal in the face. At no time, in my life, have I ever been called JAMES or JARMAINE or JAM, or anything like "J" !
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Dear People in this world, you have read most of my foundings
that I was able to put together from documented evidence, a lot of it newly
discovered, found out through legal study.
I pray to God, that you will see my reasons, for calling out for help to the world, now, before its too late for me to save my life from the Texas killing machines, as I sit on death Row?
I have just found out by other inmates, and a very dear friend in the country of France, on August 14th, and September 29th, 1999, that in the first part of June, 1999, that my first appeal was denied. No Lawyers or Courts wrote and told me anything as I've sat this long before I found out that the Court had made a ruling over two (2) or three (3) months ago and I still don't have an opinion of that ruling in my case at hand !
I, Rickey Lynn Lewis, desperately needs your help and assistance, financially, in order to hire the appropriate attorney's and private investigators, and DNA experts, to prove all of what I have said,
and a few more things in evidence, then I can get this capital murder case off of me, because I am innocent of what I am being blamed for. Help me Please !
If anyone would like to help in this fight for life, please send all enquiries and donations, or YOUR LETTERS OF REQUEST, to anyone of the following addresses below, or Email addresses. Thank you.
Mr Rickey Lynn Lewis 999097
Polunsky Unit D.R.
3872 FM 350 South
Mr. Rickey Lynn Lewis
c/o Mary C. Williams / ACAT - Group
23 Rue Des Ormes
60580 Coye - La- Foret
Rickey Lynn Lewis
c/o Mrs. Carolyn Williams
1596 Sausalito Drive
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Pursuant to Title 6, Chapter 132, VTCA Civil Practice and Remedies, Codes amd Senate Bill #245, effective September 1st, 1987 :
I, Rickey Lynn Lewis, TDCJ ID Number 999097 , being presently incarcerated in the Texas Deaprtment of Criminal Justice, Ellis One Unit, in Walker County, Huntsville, Texas. Declare under the penalty of perjury, that the foregoing is true and correct.
EXECUTED on this 30 day of March 1999.
With Defendants thumbprint and signature.
On Back of Photo Rickey has written :
Name : Rickey Lynn Lewis
High : 5" foot 3 inch tall
D.O.B 7-21-62 age 38
The year 2000
Rickey Lynn Lewis R.L.L
Rickey's Penpal request - please write !
My name is Rickey Lynn Lewis. I am thirty five years of age and my date
of birth is on the 21st of July 1962 ! My complexion is light skinned
with wavy hair, and I stand about five feet three inches tall. My weight
is 160 lbs and well built all over. I am interested in establishing
aa true, honest, and open friendship with you, although I am currently living
on Death Row, here in the State of Texas (USA) ! Age is unimportant
and my friendship is always open to all females or males, whoever is open-minded
and non-judgemental; someone who will accept me for me and not judge me on
what I have been accused. Please judge me by the content of my character.
I am reaching our my gentle hands of true friendship with love and great
respect, sincerity and with a flowing heart, hoping that someone might accept
and stand by me. It is my
greatest hope and my heart's deepest desire to have you take my extended hand in the beautiful space of compassion, where we may share all the sweet and humblest treats that 'true friendship has to offer' ! Things that I enjoy are, exercising, playing basketball, and riding 1000cc motorcycles (that are very fast and quick.) I also love riding thoroughbred horses, quarter horses, and admiring the beauty they possess. I also love dogs, cats, and many other animals as well. At one time in my life, I used to train and raised Doberman pinschers (a dog that can be very loyal to its master, guarding and protecting him. ) I learned at a young age that if one is good to your animals, then they will be loyal to you ! I close prayerfully, and with high hopes that I hear from you in the very near future. May your day be filled with soothing warmth and your life be filled with blessings from the Supreme. Wait I ?
Rickey Lynn Lewis 999097
Polunsky Unit D.R.
3872 FM 350 South
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