William Thomas Zeigler has been on death row in Florida since 1976. Robert Eagan, the prosecutor and Detective Don Frye conspired along with others to hide a witness named Robert Foster. Now Foster has been found, and Zeigler's pro-bono lawyers have filed a motion in the Ninth Circuit to vacate the conviction. Tommy, who was 30 at the time of the murders is now in his late sixties. Tommy is shown above as he looks now and as he looked when he was falsely convicted. The pictures below show the prosecutor and detective, and the body of Charlie Mays who was one of the perps killed by his confederates. Another picture shows Tommy's bloody T-shirt which the prosecutor used to help convict Tommy by implying to the jury that the blood was Tommy's father-in-law whose body is not shown. The manikin depicts the location where Tommy was shot and left for dead. Despite the through and through gunshot wound, the prosecutor claimed the wound was self-inflicted. In 2004 Jeff Ashton, who was the lead prosecutor for 20 years, made up a story about why the blood on Tommy's shirt came from Mays instead of Tommy's father-in-law as Eagan had claimed. Ashton's lie convinced the court to deny the motion for release based on the DNA. A transcript of the recent case management hearing is included to give anyone interested a look at the absurd prevarication that the state uses to prevent justice for Mr. Zeigler. Also published here is a memo to a judge who is shown on the clerk's web site as having responsibility for the case. It points out the bias of the long time Assistant Attorney General, Ken Nunnelly, who is now acting as prosecutor since Jeff Ashton's quit and then ran for the office of state attorney and won. Anyone wishing to write to Nunnelly after reading his argument may do so at email@example.com. This web site will be used to publish documents that establish Zeigler's innocence in an effort to hasten his ultimate exoneration. For more information about the case watch the youtube videos by clicking here. To review the dismal history of the case, go to the Commission on Capital Cases by clicking here.
Incredibly, on November 13, 2012, Judge Whitehead denied justice for Tommy yet again. Whitehead believes that if the prosecution lies about the existence of a material witness, claiming the man was just a "typographical error" in a police report, it makes no difference to the jury's decision. Is Whitehead also corrupt or merely incompetent? A Tampa TV station has done two news reports on the Zeigler Case, and will do a half hour special on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013. The links to these reports are shown below.
Monday, March 25, 2013
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Zeigler's petition to the Florida Supreme Court to reverse the circuit court's denial of an evidentiary hearing on the evidence that the state lied about the existence of Robert Foster in 1976 is shown below.