Fact: There is NO forensic evidence in Spence 1 or Spence 2 except bite marks.
Fact: David Spence has an Appeal before the Third Circuit also, filed about a year and a half ago by Jay English, attorney, Dallas, Texas. Mr. English represents the Estate of David Wayne Spence, Spence’s sons and brother, along with Anthony Melendez.
Mr. English is one of the only attorneys that actually has a case of “actual innocence” under his belt. Mr. English met with Anthony Melendez in 2015 before Melendez’s death which meant the world to Anthony Melendez. Mr. Walter Reaves, who represented Anthony Melendez for over 31 years, had a file with less than 300 pages in it when he turned Melendez’s file over to his new attorney.
Unlike the rest of us, Anthony Melendez had a hard time giving up on Waco Attorney Walter Reaves, but once he made his decision and hired Mr. English he spent the rest of his days with a lot more relief and the knowledge that even though he would be gone, the truth would someday come out. Jay English has no idea the happiness, faith, and comfort he brought to Tony and the people who believed in his innocence.
Perhaps Truman Simons will have some new theory, “we always knew there were four more killers”, or something akin to that. Fact remains, they convicted Spence only on bite marks in the first trial, and in the second trial they already KNEW that Homer Campbell had identified dental remains that were believed to be of one Melody Cutliff. Campbell signed Court Documents identifying the remains as Cutliff and a few weeks later, Melody Cutliff turned up quite alive. This didn’t seem to bother anyone when it came to Homer Campbell’s testimony, however. AAAaaah, what’s one little mistake?
The Innocence Project of America noticed a pattern of innocence. That pattern was people convicted from bite mark evidence. Seems later they were cleared via confessions, and dna. As you know, “bite marks” are now “junk science”, we are waiting for the TEXAS FORENSICS COMMISSION to make that official, very soon.
The TEXAS FORENSICS COMMISSION also has been investigating two cases for about four years now. David Wayne Spence and his mother, Juanita White.
Now that the Third Circuit has published their Opinion, you will see the Forensics Commission and others work quickly to grant “actual innocence” to those who well deserve it.
Spence may just be the first proven case of innocence after death in history.
Now it gets exciting.
Steven Mark Chaney and Innocence Project’s M. Chris Fabricant