Discovery: 2011 Murder Conviction Based On Blind Key Witness

Activist asks Cook County officials to review the case

Andy Dahn
May 15, 2019 - 8:25 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- There's a renewed push for Cook County officials to look into a 2011 murder conviction, now that evidence shows a key witness in the trial was legally blind at the time.

An investigation revealed that Dexter Saffold was legally blind when he took the witness stand and identified 18-year-old Darien Harris as the man who shot and killed Rondell Moore at a South Side gas station.

"There was no physical evidence," Activist Ja'Mal Green told WBBM Newsradio. "There was no DNA evidence. There was no fingerprints. Nothing that implemented or connected Darien Harris to the scene, the crime, the car or the gun. Nothing at all."

The testimony resulted in a 76-year prison sentence.

Activist Ja'Mal Green is among those calling on State's Attorney Kim Foxx to review the conviction based on the new evidence.

"We're raising awareness so that this case can be brought forward as quick as possible," Green said. "He's been in there eight years. He was 18 then, he's now 26. He has never been in trouble, never been arrested, doesn't have a record.

"Kim Foxx ran on a promise of reform and holding people accountable. That's what we're asking her to do. Give Darien Harris a fair shot."

Green said that could mean overturning the conviction or allowing a new trial. Foxx's office has said the case is under review.