. A guy wrongfully founded guilty of murder and locked up for more than 20 years is going complimentary after another guy confessed to the killing, inning accordance with the Clark County District Lawyer’s Office.
DeMarlo Berry, 42, went to jail in 1995 for the murder of Charles Burkes, 32, a Carl’s Jr. supervisor who was found shot to death in 1994 after a burglary at the dining establishment near Eastern Opportunity and Charleston Boulevard, officials stated.
Through the years, Berry maintained his innocence, stating another male, Steven Jackson, devoted the criminal offense, officials said.
In 2013, while in prison for a separate 1996 murder conviction, Jackson sent an affidavit claiming obligation for Burkes’ death, officials stated.
Last year, members of the district lawyer’s Conviction Review Unit conducted an independent examination of the case, including an interview with Jackson, who provided additional information about the criminal activity scene that just someone who existed could have understood, officials stated.
The investigation likewise identified there was no contact in between Berry and Jackson since Berry’s conviction, authorities said.
“My goal in producing the CRU was to offer a method for certain cases to be reviewed separately and examined on a variety of elements, including new proof,” Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson stated in a press release.
“In this case, a confession by Mr. Jackson, and confirmation of that and other information by our CRU, resulted in our decision to no longer oppose Mr. Berry’s request for conviction relief,” Wolfson stated. “The end outcome is Mr. Berry will be launched from jail after over twenty years behind bars.”