The Story of "The Three Innocent of Aguada"


Searching about the nicknames of Puerto Rico's Cities, I found out that Aguada had a new nickname: The City of the three innocent. I am writing an article and I did not want to leave it with the reference, so I searched and sought, until I stumbled onto this incredible true story. I will share the story in this hub and let you judge. This could happen to any of us.

The three innocent of Aguada

Three men have been convicted and are suffering behind bars,serving for a crime which in the minds of many citizens has not been clarified yet. Of all the evidence that paraded during the course of the trial, the only evidence presented by prosecutors that connected these three men to that crime was the testimony of an ex-convict and with immunity granted, claimed to be an eyewitness to the events.

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The Trial

In 1988 a young woman (20 years old) named Glorimar Pérez Santiago (RIP) was found dead on the beach “Jobos” of the municipality of Isabela, Puerto Rico. After five years of this event, and after covering most of the issues in this case, José Caro, Nelson Ruiz and Nelson Ortiz were arrested and charged for her death.

Later a trial against the three defendants was held. During this process, testimonials emerged with much contradictory scientific evidence favoring the accused and creating a lot of doubt as to the participation of the young men in the crime. Despite the contradictions and doubts, the three young men were sentenced to prison for the rest of their lives.

Although two witnesses recanted their statements claiming that none of the convicts had to do with the murder of Glorimar, courts have refused to review the case. Even then, Judge Carlo Reinaldo Franqui of the Aguadilla Superior Court ruled to place the order for the three convicted to be given a new trial, but the Court of Appeals reversed the magistrate of the West. While the witness Luis Martinez said in court, that he was being coerced to point to the 3 accused as the perpetrators of Glorimar's murder. At the hearing before Judge Carlo Franqui he said they had nothing to do with the murder of the young woman.

Los tres Innocentes de Aguada (Three innocents of Aguada)
Los tres Innocentes de Aguada (Three innocents of Aguada)

Almost thirteen years later

In July 2012, after reiterating that the three young men never committed the crime for which they were found guilty, the lawyers filed a writ of "certiorari" in the Supreme Court requesting that the High Forum give merits of the petition and order a DNA test on the convicts.

Although the three defendants swore at all times that they are innocent of the rape and murder of the young Glorimar Pérez Santiago, the jury believed the process carried out in the Judicial Center of Aguadilla was right, finding them guilty on all crimes. Relatives of the convicted have maintained a crusade for nearly two decades to convey the innocence of the young people involved in the pizza business.

From the day of their imprisonment it has been about thirteen years until this day, the three men proclaim their innocence and claim to be victims of a fabrication.

Today them...

There are a bunch of examples like this story everywhere. Are we going to still favor the death penalty? The following quote was in one of the many articles I read about this case. Everything is exposed on the Internet.

"After the blindfold of Lady Justice, somebody must have eyes that can be opened to detect injustice that can be incurred, for the very existence of human inequality"

If those that make laws don't abide by them, what can we expect? May God's mercy be over the family of the young girl that was deprived of her life so young! May God's mercy be with the so called three innocent men! May God's justice be over us all!

© Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill

Innocent Until Proven Guilty

© 2013 Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill

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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Those of us who have the lonely and everlasting pain of working for Justice, it never ends. We are brought to our knees in futility. And to our senses by reality.

Imagine freeing a man who later kills another. Imagine the self doubt in condemning someone. Imagine the never ending defense lawyer saying "if only". Who's eyes shifted, what tell was missed, what simple leaf missed that held a truth.

Then the press comes in with one liners and apparent inconsistency and only half the evidence. Their job is to sell.

And the worst of all that cannot be fathomed is the man who is a guilty man, but not of this crime, and the jury feels only the guilt and cannot discern. I feel the pain of your hub on so many levels. Thank you for the reminder.

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Lastheart 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord Author

Ericdierker I really appreciate your contribution to this theme. I am sorry if any get hurt with the story. It is way more deep than what I presented. It is an uncomfortable situation having to judge, who ever or whatever it is.

My advice to us all, is to stop, think, have every evidence clean and sharp... and until we really do know the truth, only than dictate sentence. Everyday day we make decisions....let's all be honest, without discrimination and true love...and do unto others what we want to be done to us.

I do believe in justice. We the people do not understand what liberty is about. The only thing is that at the moment of sentencing, be it to make things better for all. Nobody is guilty until proof.

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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Justice on Earth is a result of good people like you. Lofty ideals and systems are nothing compared to an alert citizenry. My gut tells me on this story, the two are innocent. The "rat" gave them something else that was traded for. Did the deal save more?

It is a bitch when you draw a weapon, supposedly a good guy. It is even harder when you draw it in court.

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Froggy213 3 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

I have seen injustices upon injustices in the system. It seems he with the most money and "pull" gets by. In the end though, we all have to answer to God.

Great hub hon, I know it was a tough one.

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Lastheart 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord Author

There are some videos about this case:

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shiningirisheyes 3 years ago from Upstate, New York

I commend you for doing your part for true justice. The article brings focus to the hope for ultimate justice for all involved.

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Lastheart 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord Author

shiningirisheyes thanks for standing by. I really hope, wish, desire, want and pray that everything will come out good for them. I do not know these people, but I sure do understand that real, true justice must be made.

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Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

I believe that the possibility of innocent people being on death row is the best argument to be made against the death penalty, especially since juries almost always believe law enforcement regardless of the evidence. You have made some excellent points here. Great hub!

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Lastheart 2 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord Author

Mel thanks for your contribution on this matter.

Lilly martinez 23 months ago

Hi. Its weird reading bout this on the web. My dad actually was involved with this case.. i its true. They are innocent. I pray for them and their family every night. May god be with them and finally let the truth be known.

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Lastheart 23 months ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord Author

Lilly Martinez, thanks for reading. Your words warmed my heart. Yes, this is a true and very sad story. This story has a great coverage online, but unconcluded. I would like to know where the case is standing. It's like it froze. Justice exist, if not on earth...on God's time.

Lilly martinez 23 months ago

So far the case has not moved . Right now they are Investigating judge manuel acevedo (who is the supreme judge involved in this case that would not let them have a retrial) for bribery. I hope that investigating him will rise questions on this case n open some doors. fingers crossed !

Lilly martinez

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Lastheart 22 months ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord Author

Lilly thanks so much for bringing light to this hub, not because of written words, but for the situation itself. This is about lives being held in limbo. I don't know who they are, but it is sufficient to understand that justice needs to be made and give those men their destinies back.

D. Glez 9 months ago

A lot has happened. Look it up!

Valentina 9 months ago

Search "los tres inocentes de Aguada" facebook page. DNA test results were just made public and have proven these three men were NOT at the scene. Still, the Dept of Justice refuses a retrial. Today there was a peaceful protest in front of the Dept of Justice. More updated info on their facebook page.

Luis 8 months ago

None of the three convicted men show that there DNA was present on the victims clothes undergarments etc. yet these men still sit in prison. They've maintained there innocence for the last 20 plus years they've been inprisoned.

Maria Ruiz 8 months ago

D. Glez, Valentina and Luis I'm Lastheart. I have computer problems and I haven't been able to edit my hubs. It is a shame what's happening... it's unbelievable!

I do know that we can't sleep upon injustice. I truly hope and pray that justice may be seen. It is a shame for politicians, judges, lawyers and all those that practice "law". We don't loose hope because everything is kept accountable... God is the author of true justice!

Thanks so much for keeping in touch.

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