Tony Dameron
 Born in Canada - Illinois Death Row
    
"I was born in Canada,  Toronto, Ontario.  I am attempting to obtain a copy of my original
birth certificate... ...My Grandma recently advised me that I did not come here 'til I was 6 (?)"

The CCADP has since assisted Tony in getting proof of his Canadian birth records and have confirmed his citizenship with the Canadian Consulate.
    
The information on this page was provided directly by Tony Dameron, See links for more info.
More info about Tony Dameron and his case -  THE ACCIDENT
                                                                          TONY'S DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE
                                                                          BOTH EXPERT TESTIMONIES
                                                                          WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR TONY
         (FOR MORE INFO ON BOTH EXPERTS' TESTIMONIES, CLICK HERE)
                          TONY'S USA INMATES PEN-PAL REQUEST
                    "Our Voices Must Be Heard" - From The New Abolitionist
                  THE CASE OF TONY J. DAMERON - From Death Row's Aid
                                 TONY'S STORY- From Vanguard / Caz Creations
  Convicted in Kane County - BEING RESEARCHED by  IllinoisDeathPenalty.com
 Death penalty foes pack forum on reform  -  From CNN August 3, 2000
Aurora Illinois Beacon News Article - on Tony and the CCADP, October 7, 2000

   HOW PROSECUTORS TURNED AN ACCIDENT INTO MURDER

INNOCENT ON DEATH ROW:

On October 5, 1998, I, Tony J. Dameron, an innocent man was sentenced to death for the
Aug. 30, 1995, accidental death of My Beloved 3 month old daughter, Rachel Dameron.
MAY SHE FOREVER REST IN PEACE!!
 

THE ACCIDENT:

On Aug. 29, 1995, after a night of smoking marijuana and bar hopping, drinking beers and shots (I can not recall how much alcohol I consumed but I was drunk from steady drinking).  I left the bar to go home around 1:00am where I lived with my girlfriend-Cynthia Michniewicz, her young son-Christopher Thornton (from a previous relationship), and our infant daughter-Rachel Dameron (My Beloved).

When I arrived home, Cynthia was not there but had left a note stating, "the children were next door," at the home of our neighbors, David and Deborah Alejandro, who occasionally baby sat for us. I went over to pick up the kids but ended up only leaving with Rachel because Christopher was sleeping.  After returning home and putting Rachel to bed, I went downstairs and eventually ended up drinking a few more beers and injecting heroin intravenously.

Shortly afterwards, I heard Rachel (My Beloved) crying upstairs, and I went to get her.  When I started down the curved steps, an accident occurred which would change many lives forever - I stumbled, hit the wall and accidentally dropped Rachel from my arms, and she fell to the bottom of the stairs.  When I got to her, she wasn't crying and didn't appear to be breathing.  I tried desperately to wake her in fear that she was dying or dead.  My Beloved, Rachel was in fact dead!!   After sobbing convulsively, I panicked.
 
        (FOR MORE INFO INTO MY LIFE OF DRUGS AND ALCOHOL ABUSE, CLICK HERE)

PANIC LED TO A BAD DECISION:
 

Grief stricken, scared and highly intoxicated by drugs and alcohol, fear caused me to panic and eventually - black out. When I came to and found My Beloved daughter lying next to me, I was devastated and didn't know what to do. Not thinking correctly, I regretfully decided to hide Rachel (My Beloved) until I was able to think of what to do.  Instead of reporting the accident (which was the correct thing to do), I reported that she was missing.

After talking with the police, I was took to the station for more questioning.  Shortly thereafter, Rachel (My Beloved) was located and I confessed to hiding her after committing the accident.
 

THE ARREST:

The police were not satisfied with the truth and were very intent on charging me with murder - suggesting that I intentionally killed my Beloved daughter (for absolutely no apparent reason or motive). I can understand that the charges were induced by reporting Rachel was missing, instead of reporting the accident.  If I would've simply reported the accident, I wouldn't have been charged with murder, and definitely wouldn't received the Death Penalty.
 

THE TRIAL:

After intense [negative] media coverage which were convicting me of a horrendous "Child Murder" long before the trial begun - all of which were fueled on by the Aurora Police Department and Kane County State's Attorney's Office, I was forced to trial with a jury that was no doubt influenced and exposed to pre-trial publicity, and with a highly bias judge. I never had the chance to receive a fair trial in such a highly polluted atmosphere.

The whole trial was centered around the testimonies of two expert witnesses-Forensic Pathologists. The State's witness, Dr. J. Lawrence Cogan, concluded that the injuries could have been from the result of a fall, but not in his opinion.  It was his opinion that the injuries were intentionally inflicted. My witness, Dr. Robert Kirschner, one of the leading expert in the country, and much more experienced and superior than the State's expert, testified that the injuries which had caused Rachel's (My Beloved) death, could in fact have been caused as I explained - down a flight of stairs. Acting upon pre-trial publicity and highly inflammatory human emotions, and the nature of the case (the death of a child), the jury unjustly found me guilty of First Degree Murder. One expert's opinion crossing out another expert opinion,. does not measure up to "guilty beyond a reasonable doubt," which is the very standard of law.  So, their verdict was totally based on the tragical death of a child and the bad decision I made after I had panic, and not based of evidence.
 
         (FOR MORE INFO ON BOTH EXPERTS' TESTIMONIES, CLICK HERE)

THE DEATH SENTENCE:

Here in the State of Illinois, I was eligible for the Death Penalty because the victim was under the age of twelve, and I had the right to have the judge or jury to decide on a death sentence or not.

Long before the Death Penalty hearing begun, Judge John L. Peterson, informed my Defense Team, "don't leave sentencing in his hands."  In other words, allow the jury to make the sentence determination because if it is left up to him, he would automatically I without hesitation sentence me to death - which he did after the hearing.  Making these kind of comments before trial and before hearing any of the evidence in this case, is a clear sign of his bias, and that I was tried in a highly polluted atmosphere.  I never had a chance to prove my innocence!!!
 

NOTE:
 

I take 100% full responsibility for the cause of My Beloved Rachel's death, and the unthinkable bad decision I made after the accident, but this is not a case of murder nor is it a matter in which I should be executed for.

Despite the undisputable evidence that the State's Expert Witness had contradicted his own autopsy report's findings   just to corroborate the State's claims of murder - despite much more experienced and superior Expert Testimony which corroborated the facts surrounding this unfortunate accident, I was unjustly convicted and sentenced to death.

I desperately need your support to help me bring this injustice out of the dark and into the light of Justice.
 

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP:

Please join the "Justice Committee for Tony J. Dameron," or give your support to the Committee's Defense Fund, or include your name and address (or e-mailing address) onto our mailing list for future updates and events.
 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Tony J. Dameron
Reg.# K68537
P.O. Box 99
Pontiac, IL 61764

Regina M. Harris (Attorney at Law)
Judicial Center  Suite 200
37 W 777  Rt. 38
St. Charles, IL 60175-7533

Tel.# (630) 232-5851
Nancy Dameron
Tel.# (765) 349-9916
E-Mail  ndameron@scican. net
 

THE JUSTICE COMMITTEE FOR TONY J. DAMERON

THANK YOU

Tony J. Dameron

                                                      
                            Tony J. Dameron
                               Reg.# K68537
                                P.O. Box 99
                            Pontiac, IL 61764
 

The information on this page was provided directly by Tony Dameron, See links for more info.
More info about Tony Dameron and his case -  THE ACCIDENT
                                                                          TONY'S DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE
                                                                          BOTH EXPERT TESTIMONIES
                                                                          WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR TONY
         (FOR MORE INFO ON BOTH EXPERTS' TESTIMONIES, CLICK HERE)
                          TONY'S USA INMATES PEN-PAL REQUEST
                    "Our Voices Must Be Heard" - From The New Abolitionist
                  THE CASE OF TONY J. DAMERON - From Death Row's Aid
                                 TONY'S STORY- From Vanguard / Caz Creations
  Convicted in Kane County - BEING RESEARCHED by  IllinoisDeathPenalty.com
 Death penalty foes pack forum on reform  -  From CNN August 3, 2000
Aurora Illinois Beacon News Article - on Tony and the CCADP, October 7, 2000

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