A petition for our friend, Octavian – not a hand out, a hand up.

Update posted by Sheila Gill On Feb 01, 2019

Quick update folks. The Evidentiary Hearing has been rescheduled for March 19, 2019 at 1:30pm. It will be at 501 W. Adams Street, 505 5th Floor. If you're so inclined to go, I will see you there. I will continue to post any updates that may occur in the interim. Thank you again for your continued prayers for Octavian. He remains in good spirit.

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Update posted by Sheila Gill On Jan 24, 2019

All, I wanted to send out this update quickly in the event anyone was planning to attend the trial this afternoon. His attorney has advised me that the case has been passed to the week of 2/4/19. We will know the "to be set" date next week. I anticipate it will be within the next two weeks. I will keep you posted. Thanks!

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Update posted by Sheila Gill On Jan 10, 2019

All,

I am going to make this a short update, but I wanted everyone to be aware of the status of Octavian's case. As you may recall, because of your generous donations, we were able to secure Mr. Kuritz to represent Octavian in his Evidentiary Hearing. Well, the date is SET. The hearing is on 1/24/19 at 1:30pm EST. It's only 14 short days away. I am very happy that his day is finally here, but I admit, I'm anxious. Not because I am worried about the strength of his case, but simply put, this is his bite at the apple and I just want it to go the right way for him. We love him like a brother and just want him to come home.

Stay tuned.

If you're so inclined, please say a prayer for Octavian.

Thank you,

Sheila, Delphine, Heidi

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Our heartfelt prayer goes out for Octavian. May the hand of justice weighs in his favor. This my family, pray in Jesus name, Amen.

Aji Dizon

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Update posted by Sheila Gill On Nov 04, 2018

All,

Just a quick update. Delphine and I went to visit Octavian yesterday. I think people wonder about us during our visit, because we laugh so hard, all three of us. It was a good visit. He looked good and has such a positive outlook. He is staying current on his Spanish, reading, working out like crazy and writing to his family and friends. The date to set the Evidentiary Hearing is November 19th. Either Delphine or I or both of us will go to that hearing and we will meet with Mr. Kuritz to make sure that we are kept in the loop on the strategic plan for the hearing.

Time is passing quickly and it will be the end of the year before we know it. We're hoping to get back to see him again in early December. We do keep in touch with him through email too, so if anyone wants me to drop him a "hello", just shoot me an email and I will pass it along ([email protected]).

That's it folks. Just wanted to let you know that our brother from another mother is hanging in there.

Sheila

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Update posted by Sheila Gill On Oct 26, 2018

All, my apologies for the delay in providing an update. The court granted an Evidentiary Hearing! Mr. Kuritz, Octavian's attorney, will attend a hearing on 11/19 to set the date for the Evidentiary Hearing. He needs a bit of time to prepare for the hearing and won't have his entire case file until early November. We are expecting the trial date to be set for January, possibly February. As anxious as we all are to get to the hearing date, it will be critical to take the necessary time to properly prepare. There is one bite at the apple.

Things will go slow for the next few month, a lot of hurry up and wait. I will give periodic updates. We are staying in touch with Octavian through email and visits. Our next visit is November 3rd. If anyone wants to communicate with Octavian through email, just set up a JPay account and you can start emailing. Keep praying for his homecoming!

I will update again next month.

Respectfully,

Sheila


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Update posted by Sheila Gill On Oct 26, 2018

All, my apologies for the delay in providing an update. The court granted an Evidentiary Hearing! Mr. Kuritz, Octavian's attorney, will attend a hearing on 11/19 to set the date for the Evidentiary Hearing. He needs a bit of time to prepare for the hearing and won't have his entire case file until early November. We are expecting the trial date to be set for January, possibly February. As anxious as we all are to get to the hearing date, it will be critical to take the necessary time to properly prepare. There is one bite at the apple.

Things will go slow for the next few month, a lot of hurry up and wait. I will give periodic updates. We are staying in touch with Octavian through email and visits. Our next visit is November 3rd. If anyone wants to communicate with Octavian through email, just set up a JPay account and you can start emailing. Keep praying for his homecoming!

I will update again next month.

Respectfully,

Sheila


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Update posted by Sheila Gill On Sep 16, 2018

All,

I am cautiously very optimistic that Octavian will finally get his long-awaited evidentiary hearing. It's been two long years, but things have been happening that I haven't shared yet. The court required that the State respond to two of Octavian's grounds in his post-conviction relief motion. The State finally responded on 9/6/18 and although they "denied the allegations", they cite "the record does not conclusively demonstrate that the Defendant is not entitled to relief on Grounds three and four; therefore the State requests that the Court grant an evidentiary hearing on the Defendant's motion."

WOW. All I can say is wow. Now we wait for the Court to respond to see if they agree to grant an evidentiary hearing. We believe with high certainty that they will.

THANK YOU to everyone who has donated money to this campaign.

Delphine and I had a conference call with Richard Kurtiz to discuss next steps. Tomorrow, we are dropping off a $5,000 check (retainer for the evidentiary hearing) and will be signing an engagement letter with Mr. Kuritz. The money YOU contributed is what is making this possible. I can't thank everyone enough. It is so critical that Octavian is properly represented for this hearing.

Mr. Kuritz did tell us that he thought the hearing would probably not take place until early January. He will need a little time to dig through all of the evidence and prepare properly and we are in the holiday season so it will be a bit difficult to get a trial date in November/December.

IF we do well in the evidentiary hearing (and I believe we will), the next step will be a new trial. We will be stepping up funding efforts again over the next month or two once we have a better idea of what is going to happen. A new trial will be costly, but we can't let him be defended by a public defender again.

I will keep you updated once we hear back from the Court.

Say prayers for Octavian. Thank you all so much for making it possible to pay for the evidentiary hearing.

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Update posted by Sheila Gill On Jun 09, 2018

Delphine and I visited with Octavian a few weeks ago. Octavian is staying strong, but getting a little weary of waiting for the courts. I have what I consider to be good news! Based on his last amended appeal (which he wrote himself with some help), the judge has ordered the State respond to two of his six grounds raised for post-conviction relief. The State has 60 days to respond from May 9, although they can request up to 90 days extension. So, we're expecting to see the State's response no later than October 9, but praying it is sooner. Thanks to all of you, we have raised almost all of the money necessary for an evidentiary hearing, which is what we are expecting to happen next, pending the response from the State, unless the State has something so compelling that the hearing won't be ordered. I believe in Octavian as I know all of you do. I believe that he will be released when the truth is revealed. Please keep him in your prayers, we hope this ordeal is almost over.

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Update posted by Sheila Gill On Oct 08, 2017

Although Delphine and I have been to visit Octavian a few times this year, I haven't posted any updates.

It's time for me to post an update.

As some of you may know, Octavian lost his dad a few months ago. We visited him shortly after he sent us a letter telling us of his loss. It was a hard visit, seeing him so hurt.

We went to see him again yesterday and are planning a visit again in November. He was in good spirits yesterday and he looked good.

He is keeping his head down and working hard every day, waiting for the response from his motion for post conviction relief that he filed in December 2015. He has amended it twice, the most recent in March of this year. We are hopeful that the "slow" response is a positive reflection that the court is thoroughly reviewing his motion. We are all counting on him getting his next day in court (evidentiary hearing). He needs freedom from this injustice.

We will be writing a letter to Angela Cox, the judge responsible for reviewing his motion. It's time for relief for Octavian. He needs to be home with his family.

I will post another update as soon as we have one.

Sheila

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Update posted by Sheila Gill On Jul 10, 2016

All,

It's been some time since I posted an update. Unfortunately, I allowed the campaign to lapse as I was going through some trials and tribulations with family medical issues. I am back on track and have updated the campaign date to keep it open until we get to the next phase.

Delphine and I visited Octavian yesterday. He was upbeat and staying positive. He has not received anything back from the court yet regarding his appeal. We think that's good news and hopefully means they are being thorough in their review.

Octavian is keeping his head down and working hard at his job there. He continues to pray for you and I every day. He has a good spirit. I miss him as I know you do too.

Keep praying for him and his release.

Sheila


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