July 8th, 2009
Stacey Barros was convicted in 2008 of murder, and is currently serving two life terms plus ten years. Barros was convicted of killing Deivy Felipe in 2005, in what appears to have been a drug deal gone wrong. Now the New England Innocence Project has filed a supporting friend-of-the-court brief in Barros‘ appeals case. Among the issues raised in the brief is the question of why the police recorded only twelve minutes of a four hour interrogation of Barros. Barros confessed to the crime in that recording, but later claimed he was coerced into that confession. In his confession, Barros got facts of the case wrong, including the number of shell casings and the angle at which Felipe was shot. There is no physical evidence linking Barros to the murder. NEIP filed their brief in part to pressure the Rhode Island legislature to pass a law mandating recording of all police interrogations. Similar laws have been proposed in recent years but have failed to pass.