David McCallum is free at last after serving 29 years for a murder he did not commit

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Good afternoon:

David McCallum is free at last after serving 29 years for a murder he did not commit. He and Willie Stuckey were wrongfully convicted in 1984 for the kidnapping and murder of 20-year-old Nathan Blenner and sentenced to 25 years to life. Unfortunately, Stuckey will not taste freedom. He died in 2001.

Their wrongful convictions resulted from false confessions. They were 16-years-old when they were arrested and interrogated by police.

The New York Daily News has the story.

Brooklyn’s top lawman announced Wednesday he will throw out the 1985 convictions against two men, slamming his predecessor for leaving a mess of injustice.

“I inherited a legacy of disgrace with respect to wrongful convictions,” District Attorney Kenneth Thompson said when making it official that David McCallum, 45, will be freed after 29 years and the name of codefendant Willie Stuckey, who died in 2001, will be cleared.

As the Daily News first reported, McCallum’s release came after an advocacy drive, including an open letter by famed boxer Rubin (Hurricane) Carter that was published weeks before he died last April.

Carter, who served 19 years in a New Jersey prison for a triple murder he didn’t commit, became involved with innocence advocacy after his release.

Thompson said there “is not a single piece of evidence” that connected the two 16-year-old suspects to the crime — except for their brief confessions, which prosecutors have now concluded were false.

During their interrogations, police provided information to McCallum and Stuckey about the kidnapping and murder eventually ‘persuading’ them to agree that they committed the crime.

When the crimes were reinvestigated by Thompson’s office, they discovered that DNA evidence in the victim’s vehicle matched other men and “a witness who claimed he supplied Stuckey the gun through his aunt was lying, with the aunt contradicting his account.”

8 Responses to David McCallum is free at last after serving 29 years for a murder he did not commit

  1. Annie Cabani says:

    We had a case here in NC not long ago that you wrote about here, IIRC. Unfortunately, here’s ANOTHER one, which just got corrected today … 39 years too late:

    Willie Womble — a man who has spent 39 of his 60 years on the planet incarcerated for a crime he did not commit — was cleared of a crime that occurred in 1975.



  2. MDX says:

    Those who work in the entire legal community that is responsible for convicting or not convicting alleged criminals should be held to a higher standard than ordinary citizens, thus any intentional transgressions on their part should be subject to very severe punishment.

    For how else can we trust them?

    Would you trust a personal trainer and pay them big money, if they never worked out, were not in shape, and weak?

    But in the cop worshipping USA, moronic behavior such as chasing down a “suspect”, without calling back up, and letting scores of round fly hither, yither and yonder on crowed streets is “excused” as the work of a “professional”.

    We need to pull our collective head out of our ass, here in the USA.

  3. Two sides to a story says:

    The folks who serve long years in prison for crimes they didn’t commit are incredibly courageous. The Innocence Project is having a match donation drive in October – your donations will be matched up to $20k. You can donate as little as $5. https://secure.innocenceproject.org/donate/oct-2014-randy?source=701A0000000qCiI

  4. racerrodig says:

    Cops……lying……damn, how unusual. I say there must be and “MUST” is the operative word here, be a mandatory penalty for any LE officer or prosecutor who in any way, shape or form uses any method or information that results in an innocent person being charged, let alone convicted.

    Lets start with any officer getting the same sentence that the convicted got……and I believe the state / county must pay the wrongly convicted 1 million for every year of the sentence.

    They damn will start making sure of that evidence now, won’t they.

    Thank God McCallum survived, but he lost 29 years of his life. Almost 2/3 of it spent in prison because some cop wanted to crack the case.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: