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 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, (an inch to the right of his navel) 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. 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, and on Nov. 13, 2013, one year later, the Florida Supreme Court affirmed Whitehead. These men of the law believe 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. Are these men so incompetent or so indifferent to justice that they believe a jury would still convict Tommy Zeigler after hearing all the evidence that has come to light since 1976: the lies of Robert Thompson, the lies of Det. Frye about the "typographical error," the lies of Eagan about the blood on Mays' pants and Tommy's shirt, the lies of Ashton concerning fellatio on Mays' dead body, and more??
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. The video reports have now been moved to Youtube. The link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQc3J4ocgsM
Monday, March 25, 2013
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Sunday, March 31, 2013
The Youtube link to the video is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQc3J4ocgsM
For a written summary of the report go to:
Zeigler's most recent petition to the Florida Supreme Court, the state's response and the Florida Supreme Court's pathetic opinion are shown below along with other recent petitions and other material.