By Sherry Sherrill
On Friday, July 30 from 12 noon and lasting for approximately one hour, John H. Walker, Jr. and Darryl Boyd, collectively referred to as The Buffalo 5, will conv03ene a “live, in-person” Prayer Vigil for Justice in front of the State Supreme Courthouse, 25 Delaware Avenue, downtown.
At the most recent court appearance on Tuesday, July 20th, closing arguments were rendered by defense counsel Paul J. Cambria, Jr. of Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria LLP in Buffalo, and a representative of the Office of Erie County District Attorney John Flynn.
In his presentation, Mr. Cambria stated a number of points, among them: That two particular crime scene photographs retired Judge James A.W. McCleod says he presented as material evidence in exonerated of Buffalo 5 member Floyd Martin’s 1977 trial, debunked the then prosecution’s theory, and their state’s witness’ allegation, that four individuals (John Walker, Darryl Boyd, Darryn Gibson, and Floyd Martin) had been responsible for the 1976 robbery and murder of Mr. William Crawford. Also: That these photos somehow went missing after defendant Martin’s trial, and are therefore not now available to the present-day defense strategy against Walker’s and Boyd’s 1976 indictments and 1977 convictions; That as a result of the exclusion and disappearance of such potentially exculpatory evidence, then and now, is a violation of both Walker’s and Boyd’s civil and human rights; That a Buffalo Police Department
investigator inferred, back in 1977, that such photo evidence was suggestive of a “lone, heavyset” assailant; and, That a contemporaneous handwritten note made in the margin of a then Assistant Erie County District Attorney’s trial summation notes, stating “convict the heavy-set suspect,” was a reference to such opinion and, thereby, was proof that such 1977crime scene photos had at one time existed, that these had at one time had been in the possession of authorities, and, that despite such dependable opinion having been rendered, the photos’ highly relevant content had not been acted upon as evidence.
Now, Buffalo 5 members John H. Walker and Darryl Boyd are awaiting the Decision of NYS Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns.