May 29, 2021
To Whom it May Concern:
My name is Jeffery Buckley and I am a 46 year old African American male that was found guilty of murder on February 13, 2019 and sentenced on April 4, 2019 to 60 years for an act in accordance with Indiana law IC 35-41-3-2 (C) as justified. My conviction was reversed by the Court of Appeals on April 20, 2020, in a unanimous decision only twelve (12) months later. (Please see attached Court of Appeals ruling on my behalf).
I am now awaiting retrial in the Marion County jail which is currently set for August 9, 2021.
I am writing this letter to ask for your help. Having paid for an attorney for my first case, another attorney for my let to bail hearing and now a third attorney for my new trial, my funds are nearly depleted.
It pains me to have to ask for help, as I am used to working for anything I might need in my life, but unfortunately, I was denied bail and therefore I must now humbly ask for help. (Not only from family and friends but from complete strangers via this platform.)
I have attached court documents that outline the details of my case, documentation from the Court of Appeals and a letter I am sending out to the news media in hopes of attracting some attention to my case and the obvious racial disparity within our justice system that is STILL alive and well in Indiana and, most certainly, across our country.
From my own personal experience, this case is a prime example of the corruption within our legal system: “conviction at any cost” versus “the discovery of the truth” which is the true purpose of a trial.
I thank you in advance, whether you can make a monetary donation or not, for taking the time to read my story. Please use your voice to make a difference in our justice system.
With much gratitude,
Jeffery R. Buckley