Ex-Detective Fired for Framing Black Man in Homicide Case

The Savannah Police Division has made a startling discovery in one in all their homicide instances, resulting in the termination of former detective Ashley Wooden. Wooden had falsified info, together with utilizing safety footage and textual content messages to border an harmless Black man for the crime. The case includes the homicide of Charles Vinson in 2021, with Marquis Parrish wrongfully charged with the crime based mostly on Wooden’s fabricated proof.


To strengthen her case in opposition to Parrish, Wooden relied on safety footage that allegedly confirmed him shopping for cleansing provides at Walmart after Vinson’s disappearance. Nevertheless, Parrish’s protection and the district lawyer maintained that he was not the person seen within the footage, elevating doubts about Wooden’s credibility.

Making use of for search warrants associated to the investigation, Wooden claimed that Parrish and others charged within the case additionally bought cleansing provides at Walmart. The warrants encompassed searches of Vinson’s residence, automotive, cellphone, and Fb profile. 

This raised additional suspicions about Wooden’s motive and professionalism.

After two years behind bars, Parrish was launched when the costs had been finally dropped. An inside investigation by Savannah Police Lt. Zachary Burdette recognized a number of violations of inside insurance policies by Wooden, together with Oath of Workplace, Ethics and Conduct, Group and Route, Search and Seizure, Legal Investigations, and Court docket Protocol.

Wooden’s termination got here in late July after a 14-page report outlined discrepancies in her investigation and detailed the reasoning behind her dismissal. Regardless of interesting her termination, Wooden’s attraction was denied.

In a shocking flip of occasions, Chatham County District Lawyer Shalena Prepare dinner Jones knowledgeable the protection attorneys representing the 4 alleged homicide suspects that the court docket workplace is re-evaluating their instances to find out if there’s affordable doubt at trial.

In related information of the mistreatment of people inside the legal justice system, rap legend Jay-Z and Memphis rapper Yo Gotti lately collaborated on a documentary, Exposing Parchment. The documentary sheds mild on the inhumane remedy of inmates at Mississippi’s Parchman Correctional Facility, elevating consciousness concerning the want for reform within the system.