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  • Members of the victim’s family are of the opinion that Matt is innocent of the murder of their loved one, and he should have a new and fair trial, so the truth can be established.

  • The victim’s own brother testified on Matt’s behalf at trial. 

  • At Trial, every witness including the State witnesses who were known to have been at the Kallethea Bar, and who had seen two men with the victim Gurcia Johnson, stated that Matt was NOT the man in question.

  • Matt was not present at the Kallethea Bar on December 30, 1985. 

  • Three witnesses testified Matt was elsewhere during the time period in question. 

  • Every witness discovered subsequent to the trial, were known by the Prosecution to have testimony and  evidence favorable to the Defense.

  • State withholding and eventual destruction fingerprint evidence.  Fingerprint evidence documentation is available to download below.

  • Several witnesses whose identity were withheld by the prosecution would have been able to establish that the truck does not match that of the truck previously owned by Matt.

  • Testimony by the Title Clerk for Richland County and witness Ronald Perkins confirmed Matt did not own the pick-up truck. This was what allegedly tied Matt to this case in the first place.

  • Prosecution removed a citation from the Bureau of Codes and Permits file.

  • Prosecutor’s Investigator has copies of receipts from the sale of the pick-up truck for scrap to the junkyard in June 1986, proving Matt could not have had this truck in July 1987.

  • Medical evidence clearly demonstrated the assailant was right-handed. It is undisputed that Matt is left-handed.

  • Matt and Gurcia Johnson were not acquainted as claimed at trial by two witnesses who clearly lied under oath.

  • Judy Taylor was not in the bar on December 30, 1985. In fact, she was not in the State of Ohio that day. She was in Maine. This is a known fact as confirmed by her ex-husband Joe Williams and his new wife Nancy Williams.

  • The Prosecutor knowingly withheld voluminous amounts of exculpatory evidence that proves beyond doubt that he knew he was prosecuting an innocent man.

THE ONLY EVIDENCE IN SUPPORT OF A GUILTY VERDICT is the testimony of four individuals who admittedly disliked Matt, who claimed that Matt told them he did it. The testimony from Dan Miller who faced certain prosecution, if he failed to perform for the prosecution.

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Excerpts from the Greenhalgh Report in connection with the murder of Gurcia Mae Johnson, together with Affidavits of Witnesses.


Fingerprint Evidence (pdf)