Malicious Cops Framing Innocent Kid

Hopefully Mr. Caravella is able to collect:

[Anthony] Caravella was only 15 years old and had an IQ of 67 when Officers William Mantesta and George Pierson coerced him into confessing to the 1983 rape and murder of 58-year-old Ada Cox Jankowski. He was arrested by the two officers for failing to appear in court for a minor theft charge. Over the course of a week in juvenile custody, Caravella was told and forced to repeat information about the crime scene where Jankowski was found stabbed more than 24 times. In exchange for his confession, the officers offered to free his friend, Dawn Simone Herron, who was arrested with him on the theft charge.

In 1984, Caravella was sentenced to life in prison, narrowly avoiding the death penalty. Seventeen years later, reporters at the Sun Sentinel investigated the case and reported their findings to the Broward Public Defender’s Office. Chief Assistant Public Defender Diane Cuddihy had DNA evidence from the crime scene tested. The results excluded Caravella and matched to the now deceased Anthony Martinez, Jankowski’s neighbor and the last person seen with Jankowski before her body was identified at a local schoolyard. Caravella was exonerated in 2009.

Per the link, the officers in question “violated Caravella’s constitutional rights, coerced him into confessing and withheld evidence that could have cleared him soon after his arrest.” And when the DNA pointed to another man, the city of Miramar claimed it was still “possible” Caravella was guilty.

The Florida Innocence Project links to numerous articles on the Caravella case here.


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