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Pervis Payne : Wanna To What Happend About His Case


Pervis Payne : Over a million signatures have been collected in support of Pervis Payne’s release from death row.

More than a million people have signed petitions begging for Pervis Payne, a Tennessee death row inmate, to be granted clemency.

Pervis Paynea, A Black man, Want to know about his case?

Pervis Payne

Payne, a Black man, was condemned to death in 1987 for the murders of a white mother and daughter, but he has maintained his innocence throughout.

The Innocence Project has taken on the 54-year-case, old’s claiming it has all the markings of a wrongful conviction owing to racial bias and missing evidence.

The organisation started a petition to encourage people to join Payne’s “battle for justice.” At the time of writing, it has about 750,000 signatures, with a goal of a million.

Payne’s execution was slated for December 2020, but he was granted a temporary reprieve, according to the plea. It says, “The respite has now ended, and Mr. Payne’s life is in jeopardy.” “At any time, the Tennessee Supreme Court could set a new execution date.”

Meanwhile, as of Wednesday, a separate Change.org petition appealing for Payne’s release from death row had received over 437,000 signatures.

Autumn Fisch, who created the petition, added, “Please spread awareness about this matter.” “An innocent man is about to be murdered, and we need to intervene.”

Payne’s lawyer, Kelley Henry, said in a statement to Newsweek: “The outpouring of support for Pervis Payne’s innocence cause continues to inspire him and his family. He is blameless, and it is past time for him to return home.”

Payne’s lawyers filed a petition in May, requesting that a judge rule that he cannot be executed because he is intellectually challenged, a day after Gov.

Measure Lee signed a bill making a Tennessee law prohibiting the execution of the intellectually retarded retroactive.

In 2002, the United States Supreme Court determined that killings of intellectually challenged people were unlawful.

However, until the new law was established, there was no way for offenders in Tennessee to reopen their cases and file a claim of intellectual disability.

On Friday, June 4, Shelby County Judge Paula Skahan ordered that Payne might be evaluated by an expert hired by a state prosecutor’s office.

Skahan has set a preliminary date of December 13 for hearing lawyers’ arguments and expert testimony. According to the Associated Press, her judgement does not prevent the state from rescheduling Payne’s execution.

“In December, we plan to provide the court with overwhelming evidence of his intellectual handicap,” Henry stated. “His execution would be unconstitutional since he has an intellectual deficiency.”

Payne was given the death penalty for the murders of Charisse Christopher, 28, and her 2-year-old daughter, Lacie. Nicholas, Christopher’s three-year-old son, was also stabbed but survived.

He claimed he was at the apartment complex to meet his girlfriend when he stumbled across the victims and attempted to assist them. When the cops arrived, he said he panicked and bolted.

In Pervis Payne case, Skahan decided to enable DNA testing for the first time in 2020.

Payne’s DNA was found on the hilt of the knife used in the crimes, which his lawyers said matched his trial evidence that he wounded himself while trying to help the victims while wielding the knife.

Although his DNA was not found on the knife’s handle, it was discovered with incomplete DNA evidence from an unknown male.

There was, however, insufficient DNA to enter it into a national FBI database and attempt to match it to someone else.

Payne’s attorneys also claimed that significant pieces of evidence, such as scrapings from Christopher’s fingernails taken at the crime site, could not be recovered for testing.

We’ve reached out to Payne’s lawyer and Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich’s office for comment.

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