“One thing that’s been hard for me to figure out is how can I be sitting in this prison when I know that when someone walked into that gas station and murdered Billy Little I was sitting in my living room clear across town.” — Jamie Snow
Crime Watch Daily has the Jamie Snow case featured on their television show today, and they have also published an investigative report on their website crimewatchdaily.com, which details how investigators in Bloomington, IL, mishandled a murder investigation, which ended up leading to a wrongful conviction.
The story began in 1991, when William Little became the victim of an apparent robbery while working as a gas station attendant in Bloomington, IL. It wasn’t until 2001, that Jamie Snow would find himself wrongfully convicted for the crime. Snow has always maintained his innocence and says he was at home eating dinner with his family at the time of the murder. Snow is currently serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
There is no physical evidence of any kind that incriminates Snow. His conviction was secured solely on unreliable witness testimony. No one saw the crime take place. The prosecution presented eye witnesses who claimed to see Snow leaving the scene and also a series of jailhouse snitches who claimed that Snow confessed to them that he had committed the crime. New evidence is now available that highlights many inconsistencies in the eye witness statements, and numerous jailhouse snitches have now recanted.
As many as fifteen witnesses have now recanted their testimony in this case. The recantations show that the State worked to build a case on completely unreliable information. The process in which the witness statements were obtained calls into question the honesty and integrity of the investigators who handled the case. There are now documented allegations of deals given to snitches by the State in return for testimony. It appears that the State was far more interested in getting a conviction than they were at uncovering the truth.
You can watch all three Crime Watch Daily segments from today’s show below. You can also read Crime Watch Daily’s report on their website here.