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Exoneree Jarrett Adams Defends Kevin Bailey’s Innocence in Chicago Court

By Innocence Staff

Ten years after his own exoneration, Innocence Project Post-Conviction Litigation Fellow Jarrett Adams is back in court, this time as a member of the defense team for Kevin Bailey, who is fighting his 1991 murder conviction.

Bailey and his co-defendant Corey Batchelor were convicted of killing the wife of a retired Chicago police officer in 1989. Batchelor was freed on parole in 2004, but Bailey remains in prison serving an 80-year sentence. Both men (who were teenagers at the time of the crime) have consistently maintained their innocence, saying they falsely confessed after being threatened, physically assaulted and fed information about the crime by Chicago police. The confessions were taken after lengthy interrogations by the notorious “midnight crew,” a group of detectives at the Area 2 Chicago police headquarters that have been repeatedly found to have beaten and tortured suspects to obtain confessions.

DNA testing shows that hair found in a Dominos Pizza hat left by the murderer at the crime scene came from the same man who shed hair on a towel found at the feet of the murder victim. Markings on the towel demonstrate that the murderer used the towel to wipe up blood. Both Bailey and Batchelor are excluded as the source of these hairs. Adams and Innocence Project Staff Attorney Bryce Benjet, with the assistance of Joey Mogul at the People’s Law Office, requested a new trial for Bailey based on the DNA results and the evidence of systemic abuse and torture at the Area 2 headquarters.

“So we have confessions that, first of all, don’t fit each other and, second of all, don’t fit the forensic evidence,” Benjet told the Chicago Tribune last year. “Whether we’re able to identify the person whose DNA it is or not, the facts already are a game changer and proves these guys didn’t do it.”

When asked about the hearing, Adams told the Chicago Sun-Times on Wednesday that “It was kind of surreal to be in there — from being in prison to being able to argue for someone else.” “It wasn’t a bad day. Of course, a better day would have been [Bailey] getting out.”

Adams himself was wrongfully convicted of rape in 2000 and sentenced to 28 years in prison. With the help of the Wisconsin Innocence Project, Adams’ conviction was overturned. Charges against him were dropped in 2007. Since his release, Adams graduated with high honors from Roosevelt University, obtained his law degree from Loyola University School of Law, passed the New York bar exam and was hired by the Innocence Project.

“Not only can I say ‘I know how you feel’ to the clients, but I can also articulate it to a court so that they can hopefully understand,” Adams told the Sun-Times on Wednesday after the hearing. “I am the possibility of what can happen, plainly put.”

Read the Sun-Times article here.

8 Comments

  1. My name is Beverly Walker, I am featured in the documentary Milwaukee53206, my husband Baron Walker has been incarcerated for over 21 years for two counts of attempted arm robbery. My husband has been eligible for parole for several years, and has met the requirements to receive a parole grant, but with less than 3000 remaining incarcerated under the old law of parole, the number of people given parole grants was drastically decreased to a stop. I am looking for resources, attorneys and anyone willing to help us, the governor refuses to govern over the parole department thus there is no transparency or real explainations for parole denials.

  2. LaSonya Payne

    Jarrett Adams I would love for you to take a look at my husbands case. Please.

  3. Danette Bradley

    Please I know you have many people to help but I need u to call me and please please help me there’s a innocent man who was convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and was given life without the possibility of parole for aiding and abetting first degree murder his name is Devon glynn he’s at Hyde correctional institution and has been for 13yrs the person who committed the crime wrote a letter to say Devon has no involvement but it wasn’t presented to the jury or judge..Devon has proof of his where abouts ..it’s all in his discovery records please get in touch with me..my name is danette Bradley 347 262 8399…please Jarrett…I’m asking GOD TO please lay hands on this case ..he hadoesn’t no good lawyer’s and he was railroaded…u can also write to him please Devon glynn
    #0692096
    Hci
    Po.box 278
    Swan Quarters nc 27885
    I’m begging for your help..

  4. Touched Reader

    Did he take your case? Just curious?

  5. Lainey wright

    I wish you could help my daughter she was wrongfully convicted .

  6. Constance gallardo

    Hello my name is constance gallardo what im going to say is that this isnt as long as the other cases its very resent but i need help my husband was sentence to 8 years for a crime he did do. I know u here that all the time but its true the da and yhe judge would not allow evidence be presented to the jury that would have found him not guilty. His lawyer has spoken to some of the jury’s and they have told her that if the knew that then they would have gone the other way. My husband is now facing deportation because of the da calling and letting ice know about his conviction. We have put n for an appeal but still nothing. He has not gotten a fair trial do to any type of evidence he tried to presebt the da and the judge would say no. Please if u happen to come by this even just to get info a piece of mind for my family please cqll 5302829970!

  7. Mr. Adams, I saw your experience on MSNBC wednesday. My son had the same type of counsel, “No Defense!” My son was at the mercy of the District Attorney hypothesis with “No Objections,” from Defense Counsel at all at trial. My son was given 75yrs. DA offered 35yrs. My son said he was Not There, the jury found him guilty of Murder, added addition 40 yrs. My issues are: 1. DNA taken without arrest…..2. (3) additional cigrette butts taken from my house by Detective. … (3). APD FORENSIC LAB that had done the dna test, is now closed due to Failures in their procedures & process. .. (4). Person who was there, a female, was given ammunity for her testimony saying he did it. ..( 5). Cell Towers showed he was 2 1/2 miles away from crime scene. … (6). A cigrette butt found inside the deceased truck, un-smushed where the female sat, while inside the victims truck. They said it had my son’s dna on it. ” I Have Questioned That Cigrette Butt From Day One!!!!” Would you please contact me?

  8. Rudy Perez

    DEAR MR. ADAMS ALTHOUGH YOU PROBABLY GET HIT WITH SO MANY REQUEST I PRAY THAT YOU WILL FIND IT IN YOUR HEART TO CALL OR WRITE ME AT 2901 AMHERST STREET IN LUBBOCK TX 8065497595

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