About the arrest

On Christmas day, 1994 Mr. Elmer Rode was found brutally murdered in his Beaumont, Texas home. He was found that afternoon by his loving sister Ginger Rode. He had been shot multiple times. It was without doubt a terrible crime and a tragic loss. What makes it all the worse is that I have been wrongly convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of Elmer Rode while the true killers remain free and have not been charged.
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On March 1st, 2005 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that executing juveniles is unconstitutional. Johnís sentence has been commuted to life and he has been moved off death row. In Texas a life sentence means serving 40 years before being eligible for parole. John has been on death row since 1996.
The fight for Johnís life is not over, death row or general population, from one cage to another, he is still an INNOCENT man whose life was taken from him at 17. Capital offenders in Texas who are serving a life sentence are not given the opportunity to have a court appointed attorney handle their appeal process. John still has appeals pending in federal court but he has lost his court appointed  counsel when his sentence was commuted, without a dedicated attorney these issues could be lost forever.
John still needs all the support he can get, he now has the rare chance to fight for his life without a death sentence hanging over his head! Anyone wanting to help by making donations to help hire a lawyer on his case please click the link on the left for more information on the JUSTICE FUND.
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John Dewberry
Eastham Unit #1306204
2665 Prison Rd #1
Lovelady, Tx 75851
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