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Did you ever speak with investigators about Kris Helton, Marcella Gunderson, and Marshall Gunderson?

Posted by on May 8, 2014 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (44)

We have discovered evidence that investigators contacted, interviewed, and obtained relevant information from several individuals and that the prosecution never bothered to disclose these things to Gerod Hooper, the "inexperienced" assistant public defender who was appointed to represent Kris Helton.  As a result (and without your knowledge), Hooper may not have known about you, your various contacts and interviews with investigators, and how you may have been able to help Kris' case.  This may explain why Hooper never contacted you for anything and why Kris was wrongfully convicted.   So far, we can identify four of you (Emma Dickey, Rosemary Vukas, Susan Vogt, and Lora Albritton), but the identities of many others are still unknown to us.  Thus, to ensure that you and relevant information are no longer hidden from anyone, especially not the legal team now working to free Kris for a crime he did not commit, please contact us as soon as possible.  You don't have to do so in a public comment to this blog post.  Just send a confidential email to letting us know who you are, the name(s) of the investigator(s) who contacted and interviewed you (if you recall), and what was said (to the best of your knowledge).  We'll then carefully review all of the discovery material provided to Hooper to see whether the prosecution bothered to disclose your identity, contacts, interviews, and so forth.   You now may be able to provide us with what is called "newly discovered evidence" which we can add to the other "inviolable" and "persuasive" proof of Kris' innocence.

Should our non-profit group, Free Kris Helton, start and promote a worldwide boycott of the Florida Keys and Key West?

Posted by on May 8, 2014 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (29)

I've read your emails, texts, and instant messages.  I've considered all of your ideas and suggestions.   I know a lot of people want to do a lot of different things to help free Kris Helton for a crime he didn't commit.   You all are a creative bunch!   One thing we can start debating right now is whether to start a worldwide boycott of the Florida Keys and Key West.   I think a boycott could begin this winter and continue until Kris is freed.   What do you think?   Does something like this sound far fetched to you?   If so, let me point out that the NAACP and other influential groups routinely have boycotts like these with varying degrees of success.   No, we sure don't have their kind of power and influence.  

Indeed, anyone can see that our followers only number in the thousands.   However, I can say that some of these people have followers numbering in the hundreds of thousands ... and a select few have millions of followers on many different social media platforms!  Just imagine a certain movie star (currently lurking in the shadows of our group while using an online pseudonym) sending out a single tweet to millions of his loyal fans ("I fully support a worldwide #boycott of the #FloridaKeys and #KeyWest until they #FreeKrisHelton!").  Then picture his supermodel girlfriend retweeting this to millions of her devoted fans.  And then think of the couple's rocker friend following suit with a retweet to millions of his dedicated fans.

That's not all:  We also have a best-selling author in our mist. I know she's ready, willing, and able to retweet something like this to her trusty fans, too.   Thus, when you really think about what we readily have available at our fingertips, it's not too hard to envision a call for a worldwide boycott quickly "trending" and "going viral."   Obviously, we don't want to cause any financial harm to local businesses, their owners and employees, and so forth, but the unfortunate reality of the situation is that it may take a significant losses of tourism and tax dollars in the Florida Keys and Key West to convince the voters and elected officials that it no longer makes economic sense for their state attorney, Catherine Vogel, to keep a blind eye turned towards Kris' conviction.

Our non-profit group, Free Kris Helton, is now asking that no rallies be held in the front of the federal courthouse in Key West!

Posted by on May 8, 2014 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (28)

As many of you know by now, Kris Helton will be seeking relief in federal court sometime in May 2014.   Some of you have suggested in various emails, texts, and instant messages that we show our support for Kris by holding one or more rallies outside the federal courthouse in Key West.  On the surface, this seems like a very good idea -- and we always appreciate good ideas!   However, we don't want to be seen as trying to unduly influence Donald Middlebrooks, the federal judge who will be deciding Kris' case.  Besides, I think he usually works out of the federal courthouse in West Palm Beach.   At any rate, like most things in life, there are no guarantees Kris will end up getting relief in federal court, but he shouldn't need for us to hold a rally or two to help tip the scales of justice in his favor.   From what I've seen, they're already leaning that way!   After all, four other federal judges have already found that Kris was wrongfully convicted because an "inexperienced" assistant public defender, Gerod Hooper, failed to investigate and present jurors with "inviolable" and "persuasive" proof of his innocence -- and yet he remains locked up in a state prison just because another attorney, Mel Black, failed to ensure a timely filing of his federal habeas petition.  No, we don't need anyone protesting or picketing outside of Black's law office in Coconut Grove.   I know it has crossed your minds to express your displeasure like this, but this guy is still working hard to fix his legal blunder (he's still assisting us with our efforts to free Kris).   Of course, if things don't work out for Kris in federal court, the door remains wide open for us to hold some rallies in front of the state attorney's office in Key West.

Marie Meyer apologizes to our non-profit group, Free Kris Helton!

Posted by on May 6, 2014 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (28)

When we first started this movement to free Kris Helton for a crime he did not commit, I thought that we may get 50 to 100 supporters. For the first few months, it sure looked like that was where we were going to peak. Then things started taking off, going viral, with supporters popping up from everywhere, not just the United States. One morning I awoke and found that I had more than 1,100 emails waiting on me! People from all over the world wanted me to respond to various inquiries! Our Twitter account blew up and new Facebook group members started pouring in from all over the place! Our Google+ page views went to the moon with dozens of people placing us in their circles each week! People started coming up with the craziest ways to express their belief that Kris should be freed . . .wanting to volunteer . . .but I essentially froze in the moment, scared to speak in front of thousands of people. I didn’t respond to most of the email and other messages I received. I didn’t post hardly any of the photos and videos I received. There were so many things which I should have been doing (but didn't) that I can’t even count them all. I am sorry . . .and I want to offer my most sincere apology to everyone (including Kris) for not acting when I should. With the help of others, I’m going to try harder at doing whatever it takes to free Kris. Just understand why I am so far behind in doing things and that it could take some time for me to catch up Again, I am sorry!  Before I end this post, I don't know if anyone realizes it or not,but I'm nearly67, I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing most of the time (I'm learning as I go along) and I have physical problems that make typing a real problem. Despite everything, they say I'm doing a pretty good job!  What do you think?

Please do the "right" thing (by freeing Kris Helton) . . . and do it now!

Posted by elaine watson-venable on April 23, 2014 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (36)

Kris Helton is an unfortunate victim of our judicial system.  His continued incarceration for a crime he did not commit is a classical "manifest injustice," one which should be easily correctible if the "right" people have the courage to act.  But who knows how much longer it will take?  So far, Kris has been wrongfully incarcerated for nearly 23 years!  For the most part, this "manifest injustice" has affected only Kris, immediate members of his family, and close friends.  Now, though, we all are hopeful that something meaningful will be done because more and more people throughout the world are finally starting to learn about Kris and his plight.  His supporters now number in the thousands. . . and new people seem to e jumping on board on a daily basis!  Thank you social media!  The new state attorney, Catherine Vogel, should now do the "right" thing by doing whatever it takes to immediately and unconditionally release Kris From prison!

Has Kris Helton really presented "inviolable" and "persuasive" proof of his innocence?

Posted by elaine watson-venable on April 22, 2014 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (26)

Kris Helton was in Key West when the crime was committed nearly 30 miles away on Little Torch Key shortly after 6:30 p.m.  He did not even return to his home on Little Torch Key until sometime after 9:30 p.m.  This was long after the crime was over.  Several federal court judges have characterized these facts as being "inviolable" and "persuasive" proof of Kris' innocence.  A state appellate court judge had already made a similar assessment.  All of the details are cited on this website.  Yet Kris remains wrongfully incarcerated for a crime he did not commit just because a lawyer filed some paperwork late!  Shouldn't the lawyer be locked up instead of Kris?

Do you think Kris Helton should be freed?

Posted by on April 3, 2014 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (35)

No less than five state and federal judges have found that Kris Helton was wrongfully convicted of first-degree murder because an "inexperienced" assistant public defender, Gerod Hooper, failed to investigate and present jurors with "inviolable" and "persuasive" proof of his innocence.  Even so, he remains wrongfully incarcerated in a state prison just because another attorney, Mel Black, failed to ensure a timely filing of his federal habeas petition (a purely procedural technicality unrelated to the merits of his ineffective assistance of counsel claim against Hooper).  Family members, friends, and other supporters believe that this is fundamentally unfair.  What do you think?  Should Kris be freed?



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