Family of Deaunteze Bobo Say He’s Wrongfully Convicted, Demand His Release From Prison

A family member of Deaunteze Bobo, who is serving life in prison in Minnesota, renewed their demands for him to be released from prison, saying he was wrongfully convicted.

During a press conference in the atrium of the Hennepin County Government Center on June 14, speakers said Bobo’s and Jermaine Ferguson’s convictions should be overturned as they were based on jailhouse witness testimonies that have since been recanted. They called on the courts, the Minnesota Attorney General’s Conviction Review Unit and the Hennepin County Attorney to help free their loved ones.

Jailhouse testimonies are statements taken from incarcerated individuals who are usually incentivized to become informants against a defendant. According to the Innocence Project, this type of testimony “is one of the leading contributing factors of wrongful convictions nationally, playing a role in nearly one in five of the 367 DNA-based exoneration cases.”