Leonard Coleman was found guilty of murdering Kimberly Mixon in Mobile County, Alabama on December 9, 2011.
Mixon, 36, was killed in December 2010 after an intruder entered her home, fatally shooting the woman.
Authorities said Coleman was the intruder who killed Mixon, the mother of his young son. That son, a then vulnerable 4-year-old, was the only witness to the crime and whose testimony would ultimately convict his father.
But Coleman says they got it wrong and is fighting to be exonerated.
Leonard Coleman has been fighting for 10 years to clear his name. He did it before after being charged in 2017 for a rape officials said happened in 2003. He represented himself and was acquitted of all charges. Can he do it again?
Outside of the prison walls, his wife has been on a crusade to prove his innocence. Mrs. Coleman started a campaign on social media for Leonard’s defense. She has amassed more than 17,000 signatures on change.org and is speaking to anyone she can to get their voice heard.
They are fighting and a new revelation may help Leonard’s case.
In 2020, two men came to Leonard’s uncle and said the real perpetrator confessed to them of carrying out the murder. On October 26, 2020, they put their official testimonies on file, with M and M Investigations.
The tricky part is, the alleged confessor is now dead after taking his own life.
This evidence was filed with the Mobile County Circuit Court, under District Attorney Ashley Rich, on April 20, 2021.
Rich filed a motion on August 10, 2021 to have the new evidence dismissed as hearsay. However, a judge denied the state’s motion and an evidentiary hearing will take place on July 29, 2022.
It is a beacon of hope for Leonard who just can’t comprehend why he’s behind bars for a crime he says he didn’t commit.
There are thousands of innocent people sitting in prison for crimes they didn’t commit, and everyday we see people, especially Black men exonerated.
The Coleman’s believe that’s the case and speaking out to get their voice heard.
Mrs. Coleman sat down with Unheard Voices to say why she believes Leonard Coleman is innocent.
Change.org : https://www.change.org/p/take-a-stand-against-racial-inequality-and-criminal-injustice-join-us-in-petitioning-the-circuit-court-of-mobile-county-alabama-bureau-of-pardons-paroles-to-free-leonard-coleman-from-his-wrongful-conviction
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