======THE WRONGFUL CONVICTION OF JAMIE SNOW=====
In 2001, Jamie Snow was wrongfully convicted for the 1991 murder of a gas station attendant during an apparent robbery at the Clark Super 100 Station located at 802 E. Empire St. in Bloomington, Illinois.
On this page you will find: latest updates, case video overview, case summary, and the facts on the new evidence.
please, note: there is a video, You may watch it on Facebook!
“I didn’t commit the crime. My hope is that sooner rather than later, the truth will come out and I’ll be vindicated. I want justice not just for myself and my family, but for Bill Little.”
~ Jamie Snow, Pantagraph Interview
– 05-01-12: Billboard is in place on Veterans Parkway and Eastland Drive. We are asking for McLean County to reinvestigate this case, and vacate this wrongful conviction. We are also asking for tips. Someone KNOWS what happened. You are not alone, many have stood up, please help us to right this wrong! Press release here.
– 04-30-12: The 2nd Annual Postcards in the Park will be held at Miller Park at 2pm on July 22, 2012. This year we will be sending postcards directly to the McLean State’s Attorney’s office asking them to review the new evidence, reinvestigate the case, and vacate the wrongful conviction of Jamie Snow. If you are unable to attend, you can still send a postcard. For details and to join our event on Facebook, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/345621548825811/
– 05-27-12: FreeJamieSnow Wristbands are now available for a $5 donation! http://www.freejamiesnow.com/wristbands.htm
– 04/17/2012: Jamie has appealed to the Illinois Supreme Court requesting oral arguments in an effort to get a post conviction hearing. Read more here: Snow appeals to Illinois highest court. We are currently waiting on a ruling.
=============CASE VIDEO OVERVIEW==============
This violent and senseless crime occurred in Bloomington, Illinois on Easter Sunday 1991. The murderer walked away with a total of $30, as Jamie Snow ate dinner with his children. The tragedy was compounded when, after several years without a clear suspect, Jamie Snow was arrested and improperly charged by police and prosecutors willing to convict him by any means necessary, even after passing a polygraph exam.
The conviction was only possible using testimony of unreliable witnesses, many who had their own legal issues, people easily coerced into accepting deals, some more than willing to give false testimony. A plethora of jailhouse informants claimed that Snow “confessed” to them while awaiting trial. Many of which have now recanted their testimonies in sworn affidavits. There has never been any physical evidence tying Jamie Snow to this case. Information has also come forward that at least one jury member knew Jamie Snow and did not inform the court of same.
Jamie has spent the last 12 years in prison fighting to present new evidence demonstrating his innocence. The original trial violated his constitutional rights in several ways, many which stem from a lack of representation by his public defender, who presented little to no defense. Not surprisingly, this attorney has since been disbarred, yet Jamie’s conviction remains. With an over-zealous prosecution and no proper defense, Snow had no more chance at trial than William Little did when faced with an armed gunman.
The Prosecution relied on one “star witness” who provided critical eye-witness identification. Yet this same witness was UNABLE to identify Snow in photo books or during a line-up which occurred soon after the crime. It wasn’t until 1999, 8 years later and AFTER Snow’s arrest, that the “star witness” identified Snow upon seeing his photograph in a local newspaper. Only at the trial, 10 years after the fact, did the “star witness” speak of Snow’s “eyes” being “unforgettable,” yet he had seen Jamie in numerous close up photos and the in person line-up not long after the incident occurred.
Approximately 4 years after conviction police radio tapes disclosed to Snow that “star witness” could NOT have seen what he testified to seeing.
Jamie has always maintained his innocence, and continues to do so.
- Jamie Snow’s CODEFENDANT was found NOT GUILTY in a previous trial based on the same evidence. She testified FOR Jamie in his own trial.
- Jamie Snow PASSED a POLYGRAPH exam before arrest because HE DID NOT COMMIT THIS CRIME. The state sent the polygraphs of two jailhouse informants that testified against Jamie at trial, but they omitted the results. Results sent from the state for Informant 1 and Informant 2.
- There is NO PHYSICAL EVIDENCE linking Jamie Snow to this tragic crime, however there IS PHYSICAL EVIDENCE in the form of blood, bullets and fingerprints – all motions for testing with current technology have been thus far DENIED.
- The prosecution’s “star witness” Danny Martinez FAILED to identify Jamie during an in-person line up shortly after the crime, and numerous photo books over the years in which his picture was included. In fact, the DAY AFTER THE CRIME, he identified these two suspects stating, “It’s between these two.”. He did NOT identify Jamie until nearly 10 YEARS LATER in a private meeting at the state’s attorney’s office. Then ID Witness Issue is covered here.
- The composite and description released to the public CHANGED SUBSTANTIALLY over the years to better fit Jamie’s description (no earring in left ear and no chin scar). In December 1993, when the composite was changed, Police Spokesman Ogg expressed concern, saying the FBI teaches police to stick to one composite drawing during a homicide investigation, and Bloomington police followed that guideline until yesterday. He said releasing the second composite drawing was like putting “the second-string offense” into a game when the first-string doesn’t get the job done.
- This LIFE SENTENCE was also based on unreliable witness testimony from “jailhouse informants” receiving deals for lighter sentences
- Even the first police officer on the scene has submitted a sworn affidavit DISPUTING the “star witness testimony
- More than 15 WITNESSES for the prosecution have RECANTED THEIR TESTIMONY in sworn affidavits
- The public defender assigned by the State to Jamie’s case has since been DISBARRED. The Honorable Judge Knecht addresses the issue here.
A FAILED DEFENSE and IMPROPER PROSECUTION has resulted in a man serving more than 12 years for a crime HE DID NOT COMMIT. The murderer of William Little REMAINS FREE as Jamie Snow is locked behind bars FOR LIFE.
WE NEED YOUR HELP! If you were a victim of prosecutorial misconduct in McLean County during the 1993 – 2006 timeframe, please send us your information. If you have ANY information concerning this crime, including the distribution of reward monies, similar cases, misconduct, etc., please contact us: 1-888-815-9299 or firstname.lastname@example.org