UPDATE: Jimmy has been removed from death row. He could be released any time.
August 23, 2016 The Third Circuit Court of Appeals in an en banc decision affirmed habeas relief for Jimmy! Almost 3 years to the day, they upheld Federal District Judge Anita Brody's ruling from 2013, which had overturned Jimmy's conviction. Click here to read their ruling.
If you have any information about this case, please call the James "Jimmy" Dennis Tip Line at 1-800-728-1854. This is a toll-free and confidential call.
As of April 1, 2017, Jimmy Dennis has been stolen from his family for a total of 9,265 days for a crime he didn't commit.
Jimmy holding a photo of his mother
On October 22, 1991, a young woman named Chedell Williams went to Fern Rock Station in Philadelphia to buy a transpass. She was approached by two men, one of whom demanded her earrings and shot her. These two men then raced to a getaway car, where a third accomplice sat in the driver's seat. By all accounts, the crime took place in mere seconds, and in those few seconds, Chedell tragically lost her life. She was only 17. Though three people were involved in this murder, Jimmy Dennis was the only person ever charged. He was convicted and given a death sentence for this crime in 1992, yet he has steadfastly maintained his innocence. After several months of thoroughly studying his case, collecting and reading the documents (including police interviews, the trial transcript, and appeal brief), we have concluded that the facts in this case fully support his innocence. There simply is no reason to believe that Jimmy Dennis had anything whatsoever to do with this murder. We have exchanged many letters with Jimmy, and even traveled to Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, to meet him personally. He has languished on death row since 1992 (not including a year he spent in jail awaiting trial), confined to his cell for 22 to 23 hours a day for a crime he didn't commit. We are horrified by the idea that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania intends to kill an innocent man. Indeed, we don't even want to think about that. Instead, we are persuaded that if enough people knew the facts of this case, there would be an enormous outcry for justice that would not only assist in preventing Jimmy's execution, but would also help in securing his release. Thus, we have built this website with the goals of 1)building awareness of Jimmy's case throughout the U.S. and the world; and 2)raising support for Jimmy. These webpages summarize the facts of the case. If you would like more information, we encourage you to contact Tracy Lamourie or Dave Parkinson of CCADP (Canadian Coalition Against the Death Penalty), Celeste Abrahams, Jeff Boghosian, Ana Teo, or Jimmy Dennis. (Contact information for these individuals is included on our Contact Us page.)
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