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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.
Aguada, Puerto Rico
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.
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.
Case follow up. Translate needed it is in Spanish.
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