In researching the case of Darrell Jones, NECIR’s Jenifer McKim and WBUR’s Bruce Gellerman reviewed hundreds of pages of court records, witness statements and other primary documents.
NECIR will be uploading key documents to this page. Explore them below, and check back as we continue to update the archive.
The court transcripts
1989: Direct appeal
Jones files an appeal arguing his conviction should be vacated because “evidence received at trial was insufficient to support jury verdict” and police testimony was prejudicial. The Supreme Judicial Court affirms the court decision.
1992: First motion for a new trial
Jones asks court to grant him a new trial arguing that he was denied “effective assistance of counsel” because his appellate attorneys did not argue that he didn’t testify on his own behalf because he was concerned that lawyers would bring up a failed polygraph test. In 1989, the state’s top court ruled that polygraphs could not be admitted in criminal proceedings because of their poor quality.
2000: Second motion for a new trial
Jones asks for new trial arguing that his constitutional rights were violated during the trial, focusing on his legal defense, including his placement in the “prisoner’s dock.” The commonwealth did not file a response and the motion was denied without a hearing.
2015: Third motion for a new trial
Jones asks for a new trial arguing that “troubling new evidence” demands an evaluation of his entire case.