On Monday, a three day hearing began that his defense team hopes will lead to a new trial and ultimately clear his name. Joe Bryan was incarcerated for more than 32 years, and was released on parole today from prison in Huntsville, Texas, according to Innocence Project of Texas. After exhausting all his appeals Bryan’s defense team filed what’s known as a Writ of Habeas. Bryan’s defense team also called Texas Ranger Jeff Wolfe who backed up Rossi’s claims that Thorman’s 40-hour basic bloodstain pattern analysis course didn’t qualify him to serve as an expert witness. The Commission ultimately issued a report finding that the bloodstain pattern expert’s trial testimony - used at both of Joe’s trials -was flawed and unscientific. He was in Austin when his wife was horrifically and senselessly killed. But most importantly, Rossi pointed to the fact that Thorman only completed a basic 40-hour introductory course on bloodstain pattern analysis which does not qualify him to be called an expert in the field. Joe corroborated he was in Austin. “I read his trial transcript and thought, how is this possible? Bevel found fault with Thorman’s stringing work at the crime scene and said he “doesn’t understand how to do this in a number of areas.”. Twice wrongfully convicted for the 1985 Clifton, Texas, murder of his beloved wife Mickey, Joe’s case received national attention after ProPublica senior reporter Pamela Colloff wrote a two-part investigation jointly published in the spring of 2018 by ProPublica and The New York Times Magazine. Mention IPTX - i Fratelli Pizza Fundraiser Monday April 6, 2020, IPTX Participates in "Justice Delayed" panel held by Black Law Students Associations. 95% Upvoted. However, when asked about the bloodstained flashlight, Bevel said he could not say whether it was blood spatter or not. It made no sense to me and, in my mind, I made the commitment to doing everything I could to fix it and get Joe home,” Jessi said. youtu.be/Trh7YW... 16 comments. share. He was in Austin when his wife was horrifically and senselessly killed. The group, formed earlier this year, looked at several cases like Bryan’s. Copyright 2020 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. Mostly cloudy skies expected Tuesday | Central Texas Forecast, CDC announces health, safety guidelines for Halloween activities, Few fans, masked umps, muted celebrations for World Series, Baylor returns from shutdown, set to travel to Texas Saturday. Bryan was eventually found guilty in 1986 and sentenced to 99 years in prison. Reaves said he is really happy Joe’s getting out, but that, “I hoped he’d be walking out exonerated, not that he’d be on parole after his appeals got denied.”. Joe Bryan: Bulletin: "Egregiously wrong bloodsplatter evidence; Hearing Monday: Mike Ware, Executive Director of Texas Innocence Project calls on prosecutor Adam Sibley to test the DNA: "Recent attention on his case has further solidified the strong case for Bryan’s innocence. Bevel also said he believed Thorman was unqualified to be an expert in the field and gave inaccurate testimony. And it’s important to note, after this three-day hearing Judge Doug Shaver can make a recommendation to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals about whether he believes Bryan should get a new trial. Jessi and IPTX Deputy Director Allison Clayton, with assistance of Allison’s Innocence Clinic law students, will be petitioning the Supreme Court of the United States on Joe’s behalf this summer. She said he selected the wrong stains when looking for point of origin and didn’t take photos to prove his points. Tuesday, Bryan’s defense team will work through what they call their innocence claims laid out in the Writ of Habeas Corpus. “I read his trial transcript and thought, how is this possible? Jessi and Walter did an excellent job in representing me.”, The Innocence Project of Texas is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.Copyright © 2020 Innocence Project of Texas. Rossi also said Thorman made incorrect statements about blood evaporating and the drying time of blood. Innocence Project of Texas client Joe Bryan, who was incarcerated for more than 32 years for a crime he did not commit, was released on parole today from prison in Huntsville, Texas. Joe Bryan was incarcerated for more than 32 years, and was released on parole today from prison in Huntsville, Texas, according to Innocence Project of Texas. HUNTSVILLE, TX — Joe Bryan, a former Clifton high school principal found guilty of a 1985 murder, was released on parole thanks in part to the Innocence Project of Texas. How does the Innocence Project of Texas help? The Joe Rogan Experience podcast on August 6, 2020 featured Jason Flom, the CEO of Lava Media and an Innocence Project Board Member, as well as Josh Dubin, an attorney, president of Dubin Research and Consulting, and an Innocence Project Ambassador Advisor. Joe Bryan was convicted in 1989 for the murder of his wife, Mickey. On this grey blustery cold morning, the sun literally opened up the clouds on the gathering of his excited family and friends at 10:50 a.m., just as Joe was released. But, that trial was reversed. But, four days later, authorities found a bloodstained flashlight in Joe Bryan’s car and he became the prime suspect in his wife’s murder. Twice wrongfully convicted for the 1985 Clifton, Texas, murder of his beloved wife Mickey, Joe’s case received national attention after ProPublica senior reporter Pamela Colloff wrote a two-part investigation jointly published in the spring of 2018 by ProPublica and The New York Times Magazine. Bryan was serving a 99-year-sentence for killing his wife, Mickey, 33 years ago. Bryan was found guilty again in 1989 and he’s been in prison ever since. Joe Rogan interviews 2 people from The Innocence Project about Kamala Harris's record as DA. Close. IPTX Client Joe Bryan Released on Parole After More Than Three Decades of Incarceration. save hide report. Rossi said Thorman “should have always known he wasn’t an expert.”. Notifications can be turned off anytime in the browser settings. The state’s key witness for the day was Tom Bevel who is a world-renowned bloodstain pattern analyst having worked in 48 states and 18 countries. That same expert later admitted by affidavit at the 2018 evidentiary hearing led by Freud and Reaves, that many of his conclusions were wrong. Jessi spent dozens of weekends, and many work days, making the more than 20 trips, from Austin to Huntsville, and this past year to Beaumont, meeting with Joe and working at least a thousand hours on his case. "That is an injustice that we hope can get corrected by these proceedings.”. Both Bryan’s defense team and Bosque County’s District Attorney Adam Sibley, tackled a key piece of evidence in the case – the blood covered flashlight found in Bryan’s car. “The testimony back in 1989 by the prosecutor’s expert we now know was absolutely inaccurate and it was relied on heavily by the jury in reading the verdict that they did," said Ware. Executive Director of the Innocence Project of Texas Mike Ware said these are some of the key reasons why Bryan deserves a new trial. Joe Bryan was convicted in 1989 for the murder of his wife, Mickey. As Joe Bryan seeks new trial, one man watches and knows his struggle All week supporters have been watching Joe Bryan's evidentiary hearing play out in a Comanche courtroom. Joe, who turns 80 this September, will be living with his older brother Jim and his sister-in-law Joretta in north Houston. Colloff said she initially was just looking to do a story on any new, relevant bloodstain pattern case, but decided on Bryan’s case because it was under review at the time by the Texas Forensic Science Commission. She said Thorman “didn’t calculate correctly” when it came to blood spatter in the bedroom so his findings when analyzing the crime scene and blood stains are not scientifically supportable. Choking back a few tears, before he drove away from the building he’d been housed in for so long, Joe said, “None of this would be possible without the Innocence Project of Texas. Colloff won a prestigious award for exceptional journalism for the piece and it later served as inspiration for John Grisham’s latest best-selling novel, “The Guardian”. Bryan’s team first called Celestina Rossi, a blood stain pattern analyst with more than 15 years of experience in the industry. On Monday, a three day hearing began that his defense team hopes will lead to a new trial and ultimately clear his name. Joe, who turns 80 this September, will be living with his older brother Jim and his sister-in-law Joretta in north Houston. As a second-year Baylor Law student in November 2013, IPTX Staff Attorney Jessi Freud began reviewing Joe’s case under the direction and supervision of IPTX Board Member and Waco attorney Walter M. Reaves Jr. Jessi said she immediately wanted to work on Joe’s behalf after she reviewed his case file, and Reaves allowed her to take on the case. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Corpus -- a legal document used to bring a prisoner before the court to determine if their imprisonment or detention is lawful. It made no sense to me and, in my mind, I made the commitment to doing everything I could to fix it and get Joe home,” Jessi said. Rossi became familiar with Bryan’s case while working with the Texas Forensic Science Commission. Her husband, Joe Bryan, has always said he was at a principal’s convention in Austin, TX more than 120 miles away. Bevel said a second expert should always check a bloodstain pattern analyst’s work and in this case that didn’t happen. How many people are wrongfully convicted? The Commission ultimately issued a report finding that the bloodstain pattern expert’s trial testimony - used at both of Joe’s trials -was flawed and unscientific. Joe Rogan interviews 2 people from The Innocence Project about Kamala Harris's record as DA. In Bryan’s case, it was basically a final effort to get a new trial.