"All I want is a fair chance, now that I'm not a 17-year old child,
to prove my innocence and have my life back!"
On Christmas day 1994, Mr Elmer Rode was found dead in his Beaumont, Texas, home. He was found that afternoon by his sister. He had been shot multiple times. It was without a doubt a terrible crime and a tragic loss. What makes it all worse is that John was wrongly convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of Elmer Rode, while the true killer remain free and have not been charged.
On March 1st, 2005, the United States Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that executing juveniles is unconstitutional. Being John was only 17 years old, a child, at the time he
was arrested and railroaded to Death Row, his death sentence was commuted to life. On June 22, 2005 he was moved off Death Row to general population.
But the fight for John´s life is not over yet, death row or general population, from one cage to another, he is still an innocent man whose life was taken from him at the age of only 17.