Yatumbi Ikei's (Anthony Pierce's) News Forum
Case No: 267685
Date of the Crime: August 4, 1977
Date of Conviction: February of 1987
Sentenced to death for capital murder/ robbery murder,
reduced to Life on October 18, 2012
2664 FM 2054
Tennessee Colony, TX 75886
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DocumentsBrief of Appellant (1988)(pdf, 71 pages)
In the Court of Criminal Appeals, Austin, TX
On Appeal in cause no: 267,685
208th Judicial District Court
Harris County, Texas
Honorable Thomas Routt, Judge
Petition for Writ of Certiorari (pdf, 71 pages)
to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
in the Supreme Court of the United States
October Term, 1989
Petitioner's Reply to Respondent's Opposition to Petition for Writ of Certiorari (pdf, 12 pages)
in the Supreme Court of the United States
October Term, 1989
The Brady Claim (pdf, 28 pages)
How you can helpMy name is Yatombi Ikei, born Anthony Pierce on July 20,1959 in Houston, Harris County, Texas and presently reside on death row and have been since 1978.
Shortly after my 18th birthday, I was picked up to the robbery/murder of a fast food restaurant manager for which I pleaded not guilty to and believe that a close examination of the facts in this case would thus support me.
Without making a long drawn out pitch, I need the type of legal aid that will truly represent my interest and pursue my much deserved freedom. Unfortunately, the type of legal aid I am speaking of will cost and therefore I am appealing to your humanity to donate whatever you can towards this endeavour or whatever you deem necessary. I also invite you to read up on the case yourself and see if it is worth your paying attention to and thus supporting within your means – I will be most grateful because like two prominent figures of our times once stated that “there is nothing more sadly conceived than injustice”; and “injustice anywhere threatens justice everywhere….”. dixit Charles Dickens and Dr. Martin Luher King – this rings true to this day.
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The funds are to be used to retain a civil firm to help prove my innocence.
I thank you for your support.
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Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Harris County, Texas
Harris County District Courts
IntroductionIn all honesty, I do not know who did what to whom, whereas I came upon something that had nothing to do with me. So, I went about my business. My name surfaced when a non-witness suggested it to two "supposed" eye-witnesses who initially stated that they saw my older brother, who was in California at the time, run in the back of some apartment buildings. What the prosecution attempted to do was place me at the scene when it was shown that I was at a bar involved in a fight. These "supposed" eye-witnesses were said to have been with two other at the time. These two men's names are Nellis Brooks and Nelson Warfield, and these two men I need to step forward and help clear up the whereabouts of the Sanders brothers.
Synopsis of My Case and The Facts ThereinMy name is Yatombi Ikei (pronounced Ya-Tom-Be/ I-Key), born Anthony L. Pierce, July 20, 1959, in Harris County, an annexation of the City of Houston, Texas. On August 4, 1977, I was arrested and charged with the robbery/ murder of the manager of a fast food restaurant (making my eighteen years of age the youngest (then) to receive the death penalty by an all white jury. I have never been to prison before, though I was placed in a youth facility. A sealed order was placed on my file by a juvenile court judge once I turned 18 years of age. However, this order was violated and one juvenile act was illegally used as an extraneous factor during the punishment phrase to get me here (even though I have since been tried three times for this same case), I was denied every opportunity to be fairly represented all three trials. Below are some of the facts in this case that are backed up by the records, which I truly believe will mysteriously disappear once I am murdered by the state of Texas, if I do not get the type of representation I need to bring these facts to the forefront. They are as follows:
I have listed six points above as a small sample of the abuse and impropriety surrounding my case. I am sealing our legal firm or anyone with legal expertise who is willing to fight on my behalf and to expose the abuse and neglect that has led to my wrongful conviction and suffering for the last decades. Anyone with a sincer heart for justice and a strong desire to see an innocent man set free, my invitation is for you to join me in a solidarity and truth, to help set me free. Please, do not allow me to become another statistic of how a poor but innocent man was railroaded through this broken legal system and wrongfully executed. I invite anyone who is interested to know more about my case to look up my case and discover for yourself that I am an innocent man sitting here on death row, wrongfully sentenced to die. Even a superficial examination of the facts and circumstances of my case will bring forth this truth.
"After-Thought"To give a little insight concerning the issues raised in my case is two-fold, I will explain:
If you study the issues raised by the court appointed attorneys on my behalf, you will see that
Race also plays a big part of who gets what form of justice, including poverty. I cannot seem to find any law firm willing to take my case pro bono, because being truthfully, black life in America, particularly in the South, is regarded as worthless, which I hope none of you reading this feel the same way. Thirty years ago, I was offered 10 years probation to lie on somebody else as somebody was allowed to do on me. I wonder, if you think a man is guilty who could have pled out on this case on different occasions. The bottom line is that if you think I am entitled to have an honest review of all the facts of my case, then please, whatever assistance you deem necessary towards this endeaver would be highly appreciated. Thank you for your time into reading this.
Update on the Opinion by the Court of AppealsAs I was rereading these files that IIPPI is putting up for review and hopefully support, I realized that most of you, who are taking the time to read this, have no real understanding in these laws or the logic of the Appeals Court's wisdom in deciding these particular set of issues. So, I felt it my duty to break down the pro's and con's of the game, so each one of you would have a clearer understanding how the court's decision was reached.
To begin with, there was a recent article that came out in the San Antonio Express newspaper denoting how this very Court of Criminal Appeals are placing lawyers on our appeals whose filing abysmal appeals on our behalf. Yet, the court is still affirming these cases, after acknowledging this fact, just so these cases could be shuffled right on through the system and thus expose of while yet continue appointing these attorneys to our cases who are filing these inept appeals.
In the first place, I plead "not guilty". My entire case surrounded misidentification, yet if you judge my case behind the wisdom of the Appeals Court you would conclude that this misidentification involved another case that had nothing to do with the intitial case, which was false. The witness Cooks, never identified me in a line-up and the Sanders brothers identified someone else and only changed their identity after a non-witness suggested my name to them, where the other witness Charles was not all that sure, plus there were two other people involved that this court never bothered to mention. Why? Because their involvement in this case threw the court's wisdom in the trash.
What the court did cite was that the attorney, though charged to me as the appellant, did not challenge the evidence in the case. So, the court did not have to address the evidence in the case, which indicate to the average person that establishing guilt was never an issue in this case when that is not true. In fact, each one of these "supposed" eye-witnesses gave several different statements, which I have been trying, in vain, to obtain. (Mind you these statements were given right after the incident had happened.) So, the architects reconstruction of the line-up proceeding and the psychologist's testimonies were pertinent to this case and therefore their testimonies were improperly excluded by the trial judge, who is now deceased.
As for the prospective jurors (i.e. venire persons), there were inconsistencies in their previous statements prior to this court's showing which the court uses to justify it's decision. They should have all been challenged for cause. What this means is that, they could not consider the full range of punishment nor consider issuing a lesser form of punishment once they had found someone guilty of an intentional murder, as required by law. The issue involves the distance of two separate incidence. The time it was reported that this incident took place, evidence was offered to show that I was somewhere else, plus the attorney, in addition to introducing this fact, attempted to show the jury that an indictment was served on me merely on the advice of a prosecuting attorney not by any facts, just as the indictment was served on me in th initial case. What is being shown in this opinion is a brief summery of the facts of this case the Court of Appeals decided to justify their position on denying me relief.
On the other hand, if you read the attorney's appeal brief and see how he mentioned other factors in this case, yet only extensively argued the voir dire, jury selections, one could see that this over-sight was intentional, because the issues he raised only merit a reversal, as this case was twice reversed already on the exact same issue before the court now. So, what is shown is the only duty these court appointed attorneys are obligated to do, seek only a reversal not a dismissal. Yet again, if you look at the opening argument of the attorney's appeal brief, you will see that every procedural law relating to this case was violated, which along merits a dismissal in itself. What is happening is that these courts are playing politics, whereas their blaming the neglect of raising timely facts on us instead of the ineffectiveness of these court appointed attorneys, while denying us relief at the same time. This results to nothing more than pre-meditated, cleverly orchestrated means to carry out these state sanctioned murders through a hypocritical showing of administrating justice. Thus, my fate lies upon this very dilemma unless something changes it. I hope this helps shed some light on your understanding regarding the issues in this case. Thank you for your time and hopefully your support.
If you believe I am a fraudMy grandfather was killed by a drunk driver who did not even get probation and my younger brother was killed by a man I think involved a woman. Yet, his indictment was thrown out due to an illegal member sat in on his Grand Jury, whereas the case itself was never sort after again since the man claimed another verging of the facts regarding the incident. In each instance, the state's outlook of the social, economic and racial make-up of the victims was not important enough to pursue, because in this country one life is held sacred over another.
What I would do, if I saw the perpetrator on the internet speaking about his/her situation:
I would gather as many facts as I can and see for myself, if there is any credence behind what this person is claiming, and if the facts either support or give me reason to cast doubts towards this person's guilt then I would make every available effort to let these facts be known.
Most people do not know that the death penalty itself is played off of emotions and afterwards, fueled by hatred, rather justified or not, because close scrutiny of most of these cases would reveal that some of these cases do not meet the death penalty clause.
I had once invited the family, via an article, to help me obtain all the files and documentations in this case and see, after a thorough examination of the facts therein, if they are still convinced without any doubts that I am responsible for their grief, I would drop my appeal so that they could satisfy their conscious and quest for blood vengeance. (For the record, I was being considered and/or offered probation and life imprisonment, for which I refused...)
I thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.