DA’s fight against innocence claim may have left dangerous gunman on street

Eugene Gilyard hugs his father after returning home on November 18th, 2013. Gilyard was wrongfully convicted in 1995 and spent 15 years in prison. Photo: PA Innocence Project

Eugene Gilyard hugs his father after returning home on November 18th, 2013. Gilyard was wrongfully convicted and spent 15 years in prison. Photo: PA Innocence Project

By Daniel Denvir (City Paper) – Last October, a Philadelphia judge ordered a new trial for Eugene Gilyard and Lance Felder after the pair presented evidence that they were wrongfully convicted in the 1995 murder of North Philadelphia businessman Thomas Keal. Gilyard and Felder were then released after spending 15 years behind bars.

But the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office vigorously opposed their petitions for review of their convictions at every turn — even after evidence was presented that two other men had committed the murder. Gilyard’s lawyers at the Pennsylvania Innocence Project revealed in court that one of the two men identified as having possibly committed Keal’s murder, Timothy Gooden, had been arrested and charged in a December 2013 kidnapping and attempted murder.

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