Gadsden Man Wrongly Convicted of Murder


Terrell Chapman says authorities didn't have any evidence to tie him to the case. In fact, he says the DNA evidence in the case was from a woman and not a man.

"They told me I was a murderer might was well say that's how they looked at me," Terrell says.

Terrell Chapman was arrested in November of 2002, charged with the murder of James Howard Pippin. He spent nine months behind bars awaiting trail for a crime he says he never committed.

"I guess my word wasn't good enough I don't even know why she fingered me like that. I was thinking whoever helped her they had a vehicle like mine but so that point remains unknown to me too," says Terrell.

The woman who fingered Chapman was Rhonda Dixon. She was the star witness in the case, but in August of 2003 Dixon was arrested and charged with Pippin's murder after another witness told police Dixon lied during the investigation.

"I obtained information from a witness indicating that Rhonda Dixon was not forthcoming about a large sum of money the night Pippin was murdered and that was inconsistent of what she had previously told us."

Vann Pullen says Dixon eventually confessed to the murder, and as a result Chapman was released from jail. Chapman's attorney says this is the most outrageous case he's seen in a long time

"To have Mr. Chapman locked up on these bogus charges particularly by the word of the actual murderer I think is totally wrong. We intend to seek total measure of compensation through the judicial system on his behalf. "

Chapman says he started doing his homework while he was in jail and read law books, he says from what he read he should never have been in jail. He plans on moving away from the area. He says people still look at him as a murderer. It's hard for him to live in Chattahoochee right now.