Woman’s wrongful conviction shattered her view of the justice system | JournalNow.com

Posted: March 26, 2011 by scaryhouse in Uncategorized

By MICHAEL HEWLETT

Beverly Anne Monroe said that before she was wrongly convicted of killing her boyfriend in 1992, she believed in the criminal justice system.

She doesn’t anymore. It wasn’t until 2002 that a federal judge overturned her first-degree murder conviction and she was freed.

“The law did not protect me. The truth did not protect me. The evidence did not protect me,” she said Thursday during an appearance at Wake Forest University School of Law.

In 1992, Monroe, the mother of three children, was working as an organic chemist and dating Roger de la Burde, a wealthy art dealer and scientist who lived in Powhatan County, Va. On March 5, 1992, de la Burde was found dead at his estate from a single gunshot wound to the head.

The local medical examiner ruled the death a suicide, but police later investigated the death as a homicide, leading to a murder charge against Monroe.

Monroe said that a special agent with the Virginia State Police had decided that she killed de la Burde and focused his investigation on proving his theory.

via Woman’s wrongful conviction shattered her view of the justice system | JournalNow.com.

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