September 22, 2014 10:36 am -

William Lopez served 23 years for a murder he didn’t commit. He was released just last year. Exonerated. Now he’s dead.


Lopez never should have gone to prison. The judge that finally released him called the case against him “rotten from day one,” based on the flimsy testimony of alleged eyewitnesses who turned out to be unreliable. Lopez’s daughter, just one year old when he went to prison, grew up without him. Upon his release, he came back to the world with nothing; he had to rely on the largesse of a private foundation for housing.

Lopez filed a lawsuit against the [New York City], seeking millions of dollars in damages for his incarcerations. The New York Post reports that the suit was set to begin hearings this week. But William Lopez will never see any of that money. He died of an asthma attack on Saturday. ThePost quotes Lopez’s friend and supporter Jeffrey Deskovic saying, “He wanted to do some domestic travel to other states, and to travel internationally. He wanted to go to college and to go to law school. He wanted to set his wife up in business, and he wanted to be an entrepreneur.”[su_csky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

6 responses to Man Freed After 23 Years In Prison For Crime He Didn’t Commit Dies

  1. Skydog2 September 22nd, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Can the family still sue NY?

    • M D Reese September 22nd, 2014 at 11:58 am

      Let’s hope so.

  2. Denise September 22nd, 2014 at 11:03 am

    This is beyond sad and tragic. He must have felt like little boy loss upon his release. The world has changed greatly since his incarceration. RIP

  3. juicyfruityyy September 22nd, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    The family should still be able to proceed;with the lawsuit.

  4. whatthe46 September 22nd, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    this is just as sad as Marvin Louise Guy who is facing the possibility of the death penalty for killing one cop, wounding 1 in the leg and 2 others with minor injuries after they entered his home in a no knock warrant, while he was asleep. pathetic all the way around.

  5. Mephistophiles September 23rd, 2014 at 5:52 am

    Hopefully his daughter can carry on with the lawsuit for her needless loss of her father through her childhood.