Patrick Pursley was convicted in 1994 of murder in Rockford, Illinois. He fought for 27 years behind the walls of Stateville to prove his innocence. He knew the linchpin in his case was the bullets retrieved from the crime scene. He also knew he didn’t commit the murder, so without a doubt the gun retrieved from his girlfriend’s home did not match the bullets and casings retrieved from the crime scene, even though Illinois State Police ballistics technician, Daniel Gunnell, testified definitively at trial that the gun was the weapon used in the crime “to the exclusion of all others.” Patrick went on to successfully initiate adding ballistics testing in the Illinois Post Conviction Act – which eventually led to his release.
Join us for a fascinating interview with Patrick Pursley as he navigates us through his first trial, post-conviction efforts, and eventual exoneration after nearly three decades of fighting for his innocence behind bars.
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