Rally for Richardson Brothers [SLIDE SHOW]

By: Eyewitness News; Lanetra Bennett Email
By: Eyewitness News; Lanetra Bennett Email

By: Lanetra Bennett
March 11, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - The family of two brothers recently convicted of a Tallahassee murder continue to proclaim their innocence.

Today, supporters of Antonio and Rodrizgus Richardson took to the streets again to demand a new trial.

"Honk for justice!" Protesters yelled.

Keta Monroe says it's not fair that a five-day trial ended in a 45-minute guilty verdict for her sons.

Monroe says, "My boys are innocent and we're just out here trying to prove that they are innocent and we want everyone to know that they are innocent and had a very unfair trial."

A judge sentenced Rodrizgus and Antonio Richardson to life last month for shooting and killing James Bryant in a McDonald's parking lot back in January 2010.

About a dozen family members and members of the group, Dream Defenders, protested in front of the Leon County Courthouse Monday morning.

Michael Sampson is one of the Dream Defenders protesting in support of the Richardson Brothers. He says, "There's little evidence to show that they actually did it. I think that whenever there's a misjustice, our legal system should be the venue to fix even their own misjustice."

Not only do the protesters proclaim the Richardson Brothers' innocence, they also demand a new trial.

Monroe says, "The State had witnesses up there that actually told who the actual shooter was and it was just completely overlooked."

Protesters chanted, "No justice, no peace."

While protesters are making their voices heard, the prosecutor says the jury has already spoken.

Prosecutor Jon Fuchs says, "They heard from those witnesses and heard from their testimony. Unfortunately, those witnesses were found not to be credible based upon cross examination. As a result, it appears that the jury disregarded their testimony, and came to the verdict, which we must respect."

The Richardson brothers' attorneys filed a motion for a new trial last week. A hearing date has not yet been set.

The was the second protest held.


Tallahassee, FL - Activists and some community members are planning a protest for two brothers who they believe were wrongly convicted in a fatal shooting.

In February, Antonio and Rodrizgus Richardson were convicted of killing 22-years-old, James Bryant, on January 16, 2010 at a McDonald's drive-thru.

The brothers were sentenced to life in prison for the murder and 25 years for shooting Bryant's friend in the foot.

Protesters believe the Richardson brothers were wrongfully convicted and should receive a new trial.

The rally is today at the Leon County Courthouse at 11 am.

The Richardson brothers' attorneys have appealed their conviction on first-degree murder charges.


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