Day: July 23, 2013

Man Formerly on SC’s Death Row Suing Prosecutors

COLUMBIA, S.C.  – A man condemned for decades to South Carolina’s death row says prosecutors wrongfully pursued a case against him in a widow’s 1982 death.

Edward Lee Elmore filed a federal lawsuit last month accusing prosecutors of planting evidence that implicated him and conspiring to convict him.

Elmore was sentenced to death in the slaying of a 75-year-old widow for whom he had done odd jobs.

That verdict was overturned on appeal three times. Elmore left death row in 2010 when his attorneys argued he was mentally disabled and had a low IQ.

In 2012, he left prison altogether after entering an Alford plea to murder. Prosecutors agreed his punishment should be the 11,000 days Elmore spent incarcerated.

Court papers listed no attorneys for the prosecutors and officers named in Elmore’s lawsuit.

(The Associated Press)


Convictions linked to FBI lab’s suspect forensics


Following a 1997 misconduct scandal at the FBI Laboratory, a Justice Department task force commissioned secret scientific assessments of suspect forensic work in about 250 convictions nationwide. The department never identified cases reviewed. State and federal prosecutors, who were given results, often did not share them with courts, defendants or their counsel.


A Washington Post investigation identified defendants in these 137 reviewed cases. Links at right lead to review results obtained in Freedom of Information Act requests.


Not disclosed (107)


Year Plaintiff Defendant Offense Sentence
1993 US (Navy) Anthony Goins Homicide 35 years
1992 TN David S. Alexander Burglary• 8 years
1992 MD Hadden L. Clark Homicide 30 years
1992 TN Mickey Cresong Aggravated sexual assault 25 years
1992 UT Ronald L. Kelley Homicide Life
1991 FL Robert A. Milford Homicide, attempted murder, arson, armed robbery, grand theft auto, grand theft• Life
1991 NH Dwight Reynolds Burglary• 3-1/2 to 10 years
1990 ME Darlene J. Boutin Homicide• 27 months
1990 DE Peggy J. Dennard Homicide 10 years
1990 FL Gary L. Mills Sexual battery 7 years
1990 FL Augustine D. Perez Homicide Life
1990 FL John W. Smith Homicide 15 years
1990 FL Felix Cruz Torres Homicide 17 years
1989 MD David T. Bryant Sr. Sexual assault Life
1989 ME Woodbury Eldridge Attempted sexual misconduct 3 years
1989 MD Gerald M. Ranson Bank robbery• 7 years
1989 AR Lonnie D. Strawhacker Sexual assault and battery Life
1989 FL Darold N. Tibbetts Homicide 30 years
1988 TX Thomas L. Gilliam Homicide, kidnapping Life
1988 OH Charles Oswalt Homicide 10 to 25 years
1988 FL Kevin W. Thompson Homicide Life
1988 SD Betty D. Wright Arson 10 years
1987 AK John M. Briggs Homicide• 5 years
1987 US (DC) Jose Del Carmen Alberto Garay Theft Time served
1987 CNMI Hideki Hanada

Koichi Yoneda

Young Il Choi

aka Eeichi Kawano



Principal to homicide

1987 MD Nuri T. Icgoren Homicide Life
1987 PA Randy Taft Homicide Life
1987 DE Jerome Waterman Burglarly, sexual assault 70 years
1986 AK Patrick DeAlexandro

Scot McGonegal

David Urquhart

Timothy White

Evidence tampering, misconduct with a controlled substance• 27 months

1 year

6 months


1986 NC Jimmy D. Hudson Homicide Life
1986 LA Kenneth W. Magouirk Homicide 21 years labor
1986 TN Sam L. Morris Kidnapping, Sexual assault• 1 year
1986 SC Anthony H. Stackhouse Attempted sexual assault, burglary 50 years
1985 US (VI) Cecil Abenego Aggravated sexual assault 12 years 6 months
1985 MS Roosevelt D. Armstead Burglary 15 years
1985 CA George Bender

Columbus Bender Jr.



5 years

8 months

1985 TX Benjamin H. Boyle Homicide Death
1985 US (NE) Robert Buckley Sexual assault• 5 years probation
1985 US (MO) Herman Carter Homicide 30 years
1985 IL Brian J. Dugan Homicide Life
1985 TN George L. McGhee

George Washington

Homicide Life

35 years

1985 US (DC) Derrie A. Nelson Homicide, related charges 20 years to life
1985 NJ Donald C. Pittman Sexual assault• 7 years
1985 TN David L. Rutledge Sexual assault, kidnapping, crime against nature, assault with intent to commit first degree murder 25 years
1984 FL Louis S. Ammaz Sexual battery 7 years
1984 SC Roy D. Brooks Homicide Life
1984 WA Ronald E. Giffing Homicide 26 years
1984 SC Allen S. Peake Homicide Time served
1984 US (DC) Walter H. Terry Reduced charges 10 to 30 years
1983 NJ Miguel Arroyo

Helmer Valencia Hidarraga

Edwin Pantoja

1983 AK George Betzner

Daniel Medwin

Peter Lindsay




9 years 6 months

5 years


1983 AK Jay Bridegan Sexual assault 8 years
1983 SC Clifton J. Campbell Homicide Life
1983 FL Gregory F. Gunn

Joette J. Davis

Homicide 25 years to life

12 years

1983 AK John E. Hanson Jr. Sexual assault 10 years
1983 NM Bryson A. Jacobs Aggravated burglary
1983 FL Henry K. Malone Sexual battery 5 years
1983 FL Joseph G. Martino Sexual battery• 4 years probation
1983 ME Richard S. Pallito Homicide 35 years
1983 AK Jeffrey C. Wilkie Sexual assault• 8 years
1982 AK Steven Anahonak Sexual assault 2 years
1982 FL Douglas Earl Cook Aggravated battery 15 years
1982 PA William Fenstermacher Attempted sexual assault 5 to 10 years
1982 AK Newton P. Lambert Homicide 99 years
1982 FL Thomas E. McGowan Sexual battery, burglary• 10 years
1982 US (MN) Donald L. McIvor Kidnapping Life
1982 AK David R. O’Rear Sexual assault• 3 years
1982 US (DC) Darryl C. Plater Jr.

Ray R. McLamore

Thomas Smith

Terrance Hanford

Armed sexual assault, sodomy, burglary• 15 to 45 years

15 to 45 years


25 years

1982 FL Larry Scarborough Sexual battery• 3 years
1982 NH Scott Sefton Leaving scene of an automobile accident
1982 FL Charles Stinyard Homicide, robbery, kidnapping 99 years
1982 US (ID) LeBurn Stone Lewd and lascivious behavior 15 years
1982 1983 FL Curtis Lee Thomas Sexual battery Life
1981 DE Benjamin Crump Sexual assault, kidnapping Life
1981 FL Donald Faulkner Cruelty toward child, aggravated abuse 10 years
1981 US (DC) Donald E. Gates Homicide, sexual assault 20 years to life
1981 AK Jay Huf Sexual assault, burglary 6 years
1981 MD John N. Huffington Homicide Life
1981 SD Darrel Jacox Sexual assault• 4 years
1980 OH Jack M. Gall Kidnapping 7 to 25 years
1980 MS Anthony Hyde Sexual assault 25 years
1980 CO Kenyon B. Tolerton Homicide 10 years
1979 FL Dwayne Bostic Burglary• 5 years
1979 AK Jimmy C. Kingosak Sexual assault 3 years
1979 AK Freddie A. Koutchak Homicide 10 years
1979 US (WI) George T. Phillips

Dennis Wieneke

Joey Clendenny

Kidnapping, interstate transportation of a stolen motor vehicle, Mann Act Life


25 years

1979 FL Ioannis John Zografos Conspiracy to import controlled substance 5 years probation
1972 CT Guillermo Aillon Homicide 75 years to life
US (MT) Ray W. Daniels Drug importation 7 years
US (AR) Steve Gray Bank robbery•
US (MD) Eric Haaff
AK Reuben D. Johnson
MD Stanley Kosmas Homicide• 20 years
NC James A. Lewis Sexual assault• 7 to 35 years
OR Bradley Marca
MD Paul K. McInturff Homicide Life
US (LA) Adolph L. Minor Sexual assault•
US (NM) Wayne J. Morgan Homicide 7 years
US (MT) Harold J. No Runner
AK Ronald T. Peltola
SC Randy W. Poindexter
US (TN) James R. Pulliam
SD Jonathan Shaw Homicide Life
PA Mitchell K. Smith
DE Stephanie Ward
US (AR) Andre Wilson
FL Jill L. Yelton


SOURCE: Washington Post and National Whistleblowers Center analysis of records of the U.S. Department of Justice Task Force on the FBI Laboratory obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.
GRAPHIC: Spencer Hsu, Jennifer Jenkins, Aaron Carter, Ted Mellnik, Wilson Andrews – The Washington Post; Andrew Berkowitz – National Whistleblowers Center. Published April 17, 2012.

Disclosed (30)

Year Plaintiff Defendant Offense Sentence
1978 CT Steven M. Asherman Homicide• 7 to 14 years
1983 FL James P. Bard Homicide 7 years
1993 FL Willie D. Bell Sexual assault• 4 years 6 months
1988 RI Carlton J. Bleau Sexual assault 55 years
1991 FL Brett Bogle Homicide Death penalty
1991 US (DC) Anthony Bragdon Attempted sexual assault while armed 15 years
1982 NC Franklin Bridger

aka Graham Franklin Bridgers

Arson• 27 years
1983 FL Timothy E. Brown

aka Timothy Williams

Homicide, burglary 32 years
1991 TX Claude Carson Homicide 10 years
1985 NY Alfred DiLorenzo Homicide 25 years to life
1990 FL Michael J Dolan Sexual assault• 22 years
1988 FL Brian K. Perkins

John M. Frame

Armed robbery• 22 years

22 years

1989 FL Isaiah Grady Sexual battery, aggravated assault, robbery Life
1985 TN Billy Irick Homicide, sexual assault Death penalty
TN James Jackson Aggravated sexual assault 20 years
1986 CA Brian M. Jones Homicide Death
1982-84 FL Austin G. Jones

aka James Wilmouth

Sexual battery, sexual assault• 10 years
1993 FL Mark Kohut

Charles Rourk

Jeff Pellett

Kidnapping, armed robbery, attempted homicide

Kidnapping, armed robbery, attempted homicide

Accessory to kidnapping, armed robbery, attempted homi



78 months

1983-84 FL Robert Joe Long Homicides, sexual assaults Life
1984 FL Dwayne R. McLendon Sexual assault 33 years
MD Tyrone Page

Jerome Page

Homicide, sexual assault•
1985 FL Stephen M. Pate Kidnapping, sexual assault, sexual battery• 27 years
1988 FL Walter Pilgrim Jr. Homicide, arson, armed robbery Life
1988 FL David M. Reutter Homicide Life
1985 FL Clayborn Shepard Sexual battery, kidnapping 12 years
1992 FL David T. Sheren

Georgia R. Miller

Homicide 50 years

50 years

1986 US (CA) Shaun Small

Peter K. Pilaski

1984 FL Nathan R. Smith Manslaughter 3 years
1977 AK Rick H. Spencer Homicide 99 years
1988 WA Alex Sugatch Sexual assault• 16 years

SOURCE: Washington Post and National Whistleblowers Center analysis of records of the U.S. Department of Justice Task Force on the FBI Laboratory obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.
GRAPHIC: Spencer Hsu, Jennifer Jenkins, Aaron Carter, Ted Mellnik, Wilson Andrews – The Washington Post; Andrew Berkowitz – National Whistleblowers Center. Published April 17, 2012.