College Park, GA- On February 14, 2009, Mr Kevin Upkins was given a sentence of Life Without Parole for Armed Robbery, a crime which he did not commit. His situation should shed some light on the justice system in the state of Georgia: Guilty until proven Guilty
The facts surrounding the case are as follows: No witness or the victim ever identified Mr Upkins before trial, and there was never a photo lineup ever done, even after Mr Upkins was apprehended in December 2008. The victim originally stated during the incident, she would not be able to identify the suspects, although they were not wearing masks. She appears in the courtroom almost two years later and points out Mr Upkins, who was the only black male in the courtroom. When Mr Upkins wife Tomeka Roberson Upkins made contact with the Detective handling the case to give Mr Upkins alibi( which was never disputed in the courtroom), she was then threatened with perjury by that Detective. During the cross examination at the Preliminary Hearing, the Detective mentioned Anthony Cox and Mr Upkins jumped the counter and stuck a gun in the victim's face, afterwards Mr Cox was never mentioned again, not even as a suspect or Mr Upkins co-defendant
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