Ex-Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Oliver Diaz and criminal defense attorney Jennifer Fitzgerald weigh in with their opinions on the Jeffrey Havard case in Mississippi.
Jeff sits on death row, a victim of an angry lynch mob and an overzealous prosecution spawned by greed and politics. This is the story of Jeffrey Havard, 34, who today sits in a solitary cell on death row.
Jeffrey is accused of the murder and sexual assault of his girlfriend’s child, Chloe Britt, 6 months old, on February 21st, 2002, when Chloe wiggled out of his hands and hit her head on the toilet; Jeff thought she was okay and put her to sleep. When Chloe’s mother, Rebecca Britt returned home, she found Chloe blue in the face. Rebecca rushed her to the ER, where she was pronounced shortly thereafter.
In order to pursue a capital murder conviction and death sentence, the prosecution had to have an underlying felony. They created one and claimed Jeff sexually abused the child. Jeffrey refused a plea bargain to life without parole, as he was obstinate in his denial of the charges. Jeff, 23 at the time of the incident, needs your help today!
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