Prayer Vigil for Clemency for Brian Terrell 8:30 - 10:00 tomorrow (Mon, 12/7)

posted Dec 6, 2015, 11:29 AM by Kathryn Hamoudah


 As you know Brian Terrell has an execution date set for Tuesday, December 8 at 7pm. Tomorrow, his lawyers will present before the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles at 9:00am.  You can read his clemency application, here. 

Brian’s longtime friend has organized a prayer vigil in support of clemency for tomorrow morning. Please join us any time from 8:30 am - 10:00 am. We will gather at the front of the building where his clemency hearing is to be held. (Floyd Building, 2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive,  Atlanta, Georgia 30334, near Georgia State MARTA). Bring signs "Clemency for Brian Terrell" if you can.

Mr. Terrell was tried three times for the murder of John Watson, but he has always maintained his innocence.   There is no physical evidence or eyewitness testimony implicating Mr. Terrell in Mr. Watson’s murder, and the physical evidence that does exist does not implicate him.  Shoe impressions taken from the crime scene near Mr. Watson’s body are smaller than Mr. Terrell’s feet.  None of the 13 latent prints collected and tested by the GBI matched Mr. Terrell’s fingerprints, but two taken from Mr. Watson’s truck matched those of Terrell’s uncle. The GBI further identified a palm print on Mr. Watson’s truck as matching his uncle’s, and a state’s witness testified that it had been made within 24 hours of the crime. 

 The primary testimony against Mr. Terrell came from his co-defendant who agreed to testify against Mr. Terrell in exchange for a guilty plea to robbery that included only a five-year sentence of imprisonment.  Johnson initially lied to law enforcement officers about his whereabouts on the day of the crime, but after being held in jail for over a year while facing potential capital murder charges, agreed to testify against Terrell to avoid the death penalty.  It was Johnson, and not Brian Terrell, who was identified by witnesses who saw him near Mr. Watson’s house around the time of the murder.

Mr. Terrell’s first capital murder trial ended in a hung jury during the guilt/innocence phase, meaning that the jurors did not agree that he was guilty of any of the crimes.  While that jury was deliberating, the state offered Brian a plea agreement to a term of straight life imprisonment (which would have meant he was parole-eligible after seven years).  Mr. Terrell refused to consider pleading guilty to a crime he did not commit.  Prior to his third trial in 2001, Brian again refused a plea offer to a life sentence which at that time included a contract not to seek parole for 18 years. 

 Please join us tomorrow for any amount of time that you’re able.


With hope,