In 2001 Judge Finch ruled that Belynda received ineffective assistance of counsel and ordered a new trial. Another court overruled his decision. Click below to read his opinion, a powerful recitation of the evidence of Belynda’s innocence.

Judge Finch’s Opinion

In 2014 Belynda’s Innocence Project attorney argued that Belynda should be granted DNA testing. Below is an excerpt from that hearing in which the judge notes a discrepancy between an investigator’s testimony at Belynda’s trial and a lab report.

March 2014 Hearing

Several people have written letters of support for Belynda’s clemency petition, including four jurors from her trial, her three children, and the bailiff from her sentencing. Read some of the letters of support here:

Belynda letters of support

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