It would be recalled that the Philadelphia district attorney’s office in 1991 indicted a 20-year-old black man named Anthony Wright on a charge of capital murder after describing the crime as “heinous.”
A 77-year-old woman had been robbed in her home, then raped and stabbed to death.
The case against Wright was turned around on a confession written by the police, which Wright had signed.
Wright maintained from the beginning that he signed the document only after interrogating officers threatened to “poke his eye out.”
He was later convicted after the jury deadlocked 7–5 in favor of a death sentence.
In Pennsylvania, death penalty verdicts must be unanimous and as such Wright was sent to prison for life without the possibility of parole.