Free Dundas Martin
Organized by: Latonya Dundas
After twenty-five years of incarceration, three innocent men need your assistance in moving towards their exoneration of a heninous crime for which they worngfully convicted. Justice is due also for the victims family.
With the corrupt criminal justice system we have in this counrty, it is clear that the only way to find a vioce that has been lost in the system for two decades is to financially support the truth with a "good" lawyer. I am Latonya Dundas, wife of Duane Dundas, who along with his two uncles Renford and Lenroy Martin, were falsely accused of a heinous crime. These men are serving multiple life sentences for double homicide that occurred in the city of Baltimore in 1992.
This case concerns alleged fire-bombing on January 3, 1992 at approximately 12:53 AM. The prosecutor's theroy states the alleged target of the attack was a man whose whereabouts were not known to either the target's family members or Duane and his uncles. According to the prosecutor Duane's motive in the crime was the unreturned $300 that the target owed him. Allegedly Duane then told his uncles, to toss a Molotov cocktail into the home with the intention of setting a blaze,which accidentaly end up killing two innocent victims.
The case was highly publicized, one in which the police department rushed to a conculsion under public pressure. Unfortunately without financial resoures to obtain good legal representation, these men were convicted, yet not one of them has a criminal record. These three men were racially targeted, rounded up like animals with no rights, and used as scapegoats to ease public scrutiny. They were treated with bias because of their Jamaican nationality and immigration status. Prosecutorial witness statments contradicted each other concerning the description of the defendants, placing each defendant in several locations at the crime scene and at different times. All the prosecutor witness statements at the initial interview, testimony at the grand jury hearing and trial were contradictory. The key witness, as the only one to actually "claimed" see the crime occur, stated she did not see the perpetrators in the courtroom. With an inadequate court appointed defense attorney, these points were overlooked even though they were presented to courts.
A jail house informant whose false written testimony used by police as evidence, later wrote a friend and said he gave false testimony which the the state inclued only because they wanted to convict Duane and his uncles. Moreover, another person who fits the physical description of the actual perpetrator of the crime confessed to starting the fire.
Mr. Dan Seiler, a former Maryland State Trooper and seasoned polygraph professional, conducted a polygraph exam on Duane, concerning the question of whether or not Duane and his uncles Lenroy and Renford had any involvement with the fire-bomimg "No Deception Indicated"was the final result.
These men were not given their constitutional rights to due process of law. The state had no legitimate reason, nor probable cause, nor sufficient evidence to substantiate a warrant for arrest of these men. The arrest and conviction was rooted in a flawed investigation by the police department and prosecutorial misconduct. We need your assistance to see justice done. My husband Duane, and his uncles Lenroy and Renford, do not have unlimited resoures to pay for adequate legal counsel to move forward in securing their innocence and recovering justice for the victims family. Restitution due to these men whose families were stripped of their presence for all these years because of wrongful life long convictions.The cost has been emotionally, mentally and spiritually enormous and overwhelming to bear. I am requesting assistance in the form of donations and word of mouth. We look forward to justice prevailing and appreciate your time and thank you in advance.