QUESTION THE STATE'S CASE:
What evidence is there that Mr. King murdered Natalie Brady in the early
hours of March 18,1977?
According to the State, Mr. King, an inmate at Tarpon Springs Community
Correctional Center (a minimum-security work release facility), allegedly
escaped in the middle of the night, ran to Brady's house, and robbed, raped, and
stabbed her before setting the house on fire.
Mr. King does not deny that he fought with the guard, nor that there
circumstances that led to his being a suspect. Nevertheless, the
remains that the states case is circumstantial at best. They cannot
he committed the murder, or that he was ever at the murder scene.
absolute proof, we should not be able to kill....
Amos King's Story In His Own Words
THERE IS NO ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY OF THE GUILT OF AMOS KING:
FURTHER QUESTIONS ARE RAISED BY:
State's history of secretive behavior
Appearance of racial bias from the moment of arrest
Lack of adequately attentive counsel
There is not one shred of physical evidence to prove that Mr. King was
ever in the home of Natalie Brady.
The autopsy report filed by Dr. Joan Woods of the victim was incomplete
and therefore raises more questions than it answers.
The state was unable to conclusively link any knife to Mr. King.
The four knitting needles were denied by Dr. Woods at the trial. These
knitting needles were not linked to Mr. King in any way.
Forensic evidence recovered from the crime scene matches not only Mr.
King, but according to the prosecution in this case, 22% of the population
could have been the donor of that material. The genetic material found in
the vaginal washings was tested and found to be type "A Positive".
Mr. King is also type "A Positive," along with nearly one in four
This FBI report in this case indicates the presence of type "B"
blood stains which cannot possibly be those of Mr. King, who is type "A
Positive," or Ms. Brady, who is type "O."
The FBI also reported the presence of Caucasian hairs, but no
As of February 21, 2003, NO DNA evidence implicates Mr. King. Why has the
State refused to publish the DNA scientific report?|
WHAT ABOUT NON-PHYSICAL "EVIDENCE" PUT
FORTH BY THE STATE?
The one witness (James D. McDonough) whom the Court continues to use to
implicate Amos has compiled a record of malfeasance which would be easily used
to discredit him if he were called to testify in front of a jury today.
All evidence available today is completely circumstantial.
OTHER THAN RACIAL BIAS, WHAT ELSE COULD
EXPLAN THE STATE'S TREATMENT OF MR. KING?
As we have seen time and again in Florida, the desire to close a
case often supercedes the desire to convict the truly guilty
party. Could it be that Mr. King was a convenient patsy in this
case? Could it be that someone else was actually the killer?|
SHOULD IT NECESSARY TO ATTAIN "MORAL CERTAINTY"
BEFORE WE EXECUTE MR. KING?
There is not a stitch of evidence to place Mr. King at the
scene of the burglary, rape, murder or arson;
The trial relied on an all-white jury (two men, ten women)
and a questionable witness (white) that the court has given undue
Mr. King has had inadequate, if not damaging counsel
throughout this entire ordeal, now more than 25 years--
Where does Governor Bush obtain the "moral
certainty" with which to move forward with the execution of Mr. King?
The judicial system has reviewed Mr. King's conviction and
determined that Mr. King legally may be executed by the people of the State of
Florida. Nevertheless, as our nation's 123 post conviction DNA exonerations
demonstrate and as Florida's 25 death row exonerations demonstrate, the legal
system is as fallible as the human beings who administer it. While the DNA
testing could not conclusively show that he is innocent, the only difference
between the 123 post conviction DNA exonerations and Mr. King's case may be
that, in Mr. King's case, DNA testing of the available evidence was unable to
yield conclusive results.
Quite simply, the limited nature of the state's initial case
against Mr. King, the flaws in Mr. King's trial, and the new evidence that has
emerged since his trial provide ample reason to doubt his guilt. The state would
be reckless to execute Mr. King in the face of such substantial doubt when life
imprisonment without parole remains an available alternative.
Governor Bush, there is doubt. STOP THIS EXECUTION NOW!
The Innocence Project
Dr. Glenn Larkin, MD
Independent Forensic Expert
Email only: firstname.lastname@example.org
Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
2603 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Hwy
Gainesville, FL 32609