Walif Smith is Innocent!
In September of 1990, Walif Smith was 14 years old, when a woman was tragically murdered in his neighborhood. Little did young Walif or his family know that a nightmare of injustice and legal incompetence connected to this tragic murder would embroil them in a desperate fight for Walif's freedom.
Several months later, out of nowhere, police arrested Walif for the woman’s murder. The only witness against Walif has since given written affidavits and taken a polygraph that his original testimonies were false! That leaves zero evidence against Walif; no witnesses, no physical evidence, no DNA, no motive. In fact, there is nothing tying him to the crime! Yet, Walif is currently serving a life sentence for a crime he did not commit.
On the day that the murder occurred, the police began to question neighborhood residents. No one had any information pertaining to the murder. Six months after that tragic event, Walif Smith and his family moved out of that neighborhood, to another town, never having heard anything about the murder again.
In March 1991, the gun that was used in the September 1990 murder was again used in another murder that occurred in North Carolina. The man who used the gun to commit that murder in North Carolina lived in the same neighborhood as Walif Smith, at the time of the first murder in September 1990! There is NO evidence placing Walif at either murder scene, nor does Walif have any connections to the man who committed the murder in North Carolina.
Despite this glaring wrong of injustice, Walif was convicted on November 9, 1994, for felony murder. This conviction was based on circumstantial evidence, alone. Walif was waived up as an adult by the presiding judge and forced to survive in prison as a 17-year-old young man. Adding to Walif's nightmare was the judge's incompetence. Not knowing if she had the latitude to sentence Walif to a 30-years-to-life sentence, the judge arbitrarily chose to convict him to a life sentence.
Walif Smith has been incarcerated for over 25 years! Walif does not know if he will ever come home because his current maximum release date reads “N/A”. Tragic. A nightmare. Injustice! Today, there is new evidence in Walif’s case. The main witness has recanted, stating on record that he made false statements to get a reduced sentence!
To date, Walif has been a model prisoner and has assisted other prisoners in their efforts to receive justice, while being incarcerated. Walif Smith believes in serving and fighting for others and is dedicated to educating himself as a means to better help others inside.
Walif Smith is innocent! Walif's case should be re-opened and given fair and deserved consideration by our criminal justice system!
We need your support to help free Walif.
Mary Baker (732) 207-1902
LaToya Wali (973) 932-7504
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