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Mistaken identities: ID confusion keeps immigrant in jail for 5 months on murder charge

By John Lantigua and Susan Spencer-Wendel
Palm Beach Post Staff Writers
Updated: 12:21 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010
Posted: 10:00 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2, 2010

Police are seeking 25-year-old Julio Gomez for first-degree murder in the death of a 17-year-old snitch who ratted out his cocaine-dealing friends. Gomez and others are accused of nearly decapitating Maciel Martin Videla and leaving him to die.

For the heinous crime - Videla's body was found dumped in a Belle Glade canal in December 2008 - Gomez and the others face a possible death penalty. Clearly a serious situation. Just ask another 25-year-old Julio Gomez who spent more than five months jailed, wrongly accused of the crime. Prosecutors recently dropped the first-degree murder charge against him, acknowledging police arrested the wrong Julio Gomez.
That jaw-dropping admission came after the wrong Gomez's defense team - veteran criminal defense attorney ... Read More

Freeing an Innocent Man: "It Takes a Team"

The exoneration of Julio Gomez, a Mexican national charged with murder and facing a potential death sentence, required a team effort. As outlined in the accompanying article from The Palm Beach Post, "Mistaken Identities," Julio Gomez was charged with a gruesome homicide based on a bad identification from a cooperating witness.

Under the supervision of Fred Susaneck and John Riordan, attorneys appointed to represent Gomez, Complete Legal Investigations, Inc. undertook the daunting task of gathering work records, interviewing witnesses, and assembling evidence to establish the mistaken identification. The defense investigation began in late April 2010.

Mark Murnan is a veteran criminal defense investigator and certified legal investigator, who coordinated the investigation. Wendy Murnan is a licensed private investigator and certified paralegal.  Wendy began contacting Gomez' employers and medical providers to obtain work documents and medical records. Wendy also began gathering records to establish the identity of the real suspect.  Nina Martinez, an experienced bilingual investigator with legal training from her native Venezuela, conducted numerous interviews with Gomez' co-workers and relatives. Support staff organized the numerous documents and answered calls, many from Gomez' friends and relatives, who were concerned about the progress of the case and the future of Gomez.
"It would have been impossible for a  ... Read More

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