Brandon Jordan, convicted for a murder he did not commit, was released on December 6, 2013, with the help of the Arizona Justice Project. Brandon's case had facts that did not add up. Brandon was convicted in 2006 for murder and aggravated assault. The incident occurred two years prior (January 22, 2004) and went unsolved for almost a year before he was arrested. One major problem with the State's version of events, according to police reports, was that the gun allegedly used in the shooting was in police custody 26 minutes before the shooting occurred.
Sentenced for 13 yearsThis problem apparently went unnoticed by detectives and attorneys (prosecution and defense) and, after being passed from attorney to attorney, Jordan's fourth attorney convinced him to accept a plea offer. Brandon did so but regretted it and wrote a letter to the judge asking to withdraw from the plea. The judge denied his request. Brandon was sentenced to 13 years in prison for the crime.