An inmate in Tennessee who tried to postpone his execution accidentally did the opposite. He actually gave the court more evidence to prove he was behind the ghastly crime he was set to die for.
In 2003, Marlon Kiser was put on death row for the murder of a county deputy officer. However, Kiser has maintained all this time that he was innocent of the crime, that he was actually framed by his roomate, James Michael Chattin.
In March of 2015, he finally got police to check the prints that were on the deputy’s car and some other items in the car. Kiser thought for sure he would be off the hook. Instead, the lab results came in and the fingerprints were an identical match to Kiser’s.
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“In Mike Chattin’s perry old mind, he could not allow me to leave because I knew entirely too many secrets about him,” Kiser wrote, adding that Chattin had also previously asked him to kill the police officer.
Kiser also started a petition to get him off the death penalty, which has received over 470 signatures as of May 19. The petition’s stated goal is 1,000 signatures.“Marlon Kiser is on death row, because of police corruption, and police ineptness,” one person who signed the petition wrote in the comments section. “Marlon knew about Mike Chattin’s criminal activities, and therefore Marlon was a liability to Mike Chattin.”
Kiser also petitioned the court for post-conviction relief, Times Free Press notes. As part of that petition, in March 2015, his attorneys had authorities test palm and fingerprints on Bond’s flashlight and car.
The results revealed the prints were Kiser’s. Previous evidence linking Kiser to the crime reportedly included fibers from Bond’s clothes.