James Haley

37 years

In 1971, James Haley was arrested for the murder of his estranged wife’s housemate, David Myers. The man was murdered in the apartment he shared with his girlfriend, Gloria Curtis, along with her sister and Haley’s estranged wife, Brenda Haley. Both of these women testified that they had seen Haley nearby at the time of the murder. Curtis said she saw James Haley kill Myers.

James Haley’s sister testified that she was with him at the time of the murder, and there was no physical evidence linking him to the crime. However, he was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole in 1972. In 2006, Haley requested the records from his case. He found that the prosecution had failed to disclose that in initial interviews, both his estranged wife and her sister testified that they had not seen Haley in over a month.

In 2007, Haley filed a motion for a new trial, and the Supreme Judicial Court vacated the conviction. In 2008, the prosecution announced that they had lost all documents from the case, and the Supreme Judicial Court dismissed all charges.