Tyra Patterson was
wrongfully convicted and imprisoned because of a perfect storm of
events, which included poor choices she made that night, a false
confession she gave under intense police pressure and the woefully
inadequate representation she received from her lawyers at trial. As a
result of the unfortunate combination of these events, Tyra wound up
convicted of crimes she did not commit and is serving a life sentence in
an Ohio prison.
Had the truth come out at Tyra’s trial, she would never been
convicted. In fact six of the seven jurors who agreed to meet with
Tyra’s new legal team have submitted affidavits stating that they would
have never found her guilty.
As Tyra contemplates her future, she is mindful that Michelle “never
got to pursue her hopes and dreams.” Although she is not responsible
for Michelle’s death and actually tried to stop the robbery that led to
it, Tyra has been deeply affected by Michelle’s murder: “[N]ot too many
days pass without me thinking about Michelle Lai,” says Tyra. “I am
very sad that she was murdered.” For both Tyra and the surviving
victims, there is no escaping the fact that Michelle’s murder is the
central tragedy in this case.
Although she definitely made some mistakes the night Michelle was
murdered, Tyra does not deserve to be in prison. She has served 19 years
for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and has since developed
a painful disease that will follow her the rest of her life. She did
not commit aggravated murder or aggravated robbery. We hope and pray
that Governor Kasich will grant Tyra’s request for a pardon.
You can answer her cry for justice. Please sign this petition for
Ohio's Governor John Kasich to grant Tyra clemency. This is a terrible
injustice that should be, and can be, set right.
Justice For Tyra Patterson