A Story of Innocence 

Justice for Leroy Evans

38 years and counting for a crime he didn’t commit…

On November 11, 1980, Emily Leo, “the Avon Lady,” was brutally murdered in Chester, PA. The police arrested a young father, 23-year-old Leroy Evans, for the crime. Despite a lack of any evidence, the damning words of a kid from the neighborhood, Anthony Jones, convinced the jury that Leroy had brutally murdered the beloved local businesswoman.

Then, in 2016, Anthony Jones finally told the truth: he alone murdered Mrs. Leo.

Now, having spent nearly four decades in prison, Leroy finally has proof of his innocence, but time is running out.

“A Story of Innocence” is dedicated to bringing justice not only for Leroy, but also for Emily Leo.
Two lives were destroyed the day she died in 1980.

Follow the story here and join us to make a difference. Read the blog, listen to the podcast, donate to the ongoing, pro bono legal battle, and find out how your voice can make a difference.

Our goal is to get Leroy home to his mother, his wife and son, and to help him live out the rest of his life a free man.

Local attorney hopes to reopen decades old murder case

By Bruce Gordon

Dec 17 2019, Fox 29 Philadelphia

Local attorney hopes to reopen decades old murder case

By Bruce Gordon

Dec 17 2019, Fox 29 Philadelphia

Local attorney hopes to reopen decades old murder case

By Bruce Gordon

Dec 17 2019, Fox 29 Philadelphia

DNA Evidence Snafus May Sink Bid for Freedom

By Alex Rose (@arosedelco)

Dec 23 2017, Delaware County News Network

Attorney Seeks To Reopen 37-Year-Old Murder Case With DNA Testing

By Mike DiNardo

Dec 21 2017, CBS 3 Philadelphia

Meek Mill, Leroy Evans and the Hunt for Justice

Editorial

Nov 28, 2017, Delco Times

Chester man, behind bars for 37 years, seeks DNA tests in ‘Avon Lady’ murder

By Alex Rose (@arosedelco)

Nov 27, 2017, Delaware County News Network

DNA Tests Sought In 37-Year-Old Murder Case In Delaware County

By David Madden

Nov 21, 2017, CBS 3 Philly

Family rallies for Chester man imprisoned 37 years for murder he says he did not commit

By Erin McCarthy (@erinK_mccarthy)

Nov 7, 2017, Philadelphia Daily News

Chester officials to take new look at ‘Avon Lady’ slaying

By Alex Rose (@arosedelco)

Jan 12, 2017, Delco Times

Keep me updated!

The Justice for Leroy blog

Stollsteimer Calls for Justice For Leroy

Release Date: IMMEDIATE (February 6, 2019) Contact: Colleen Kennedy - 610-609-6456, info@jackfordelcoda.com STOLLSTEIMER CALLS FOR JUSTICE FOR LEROY HAVERTOWN – Democratic candidate for Delaware County District Attorney JackStollsteimer today called on District...

The Avon Lady Murder

Everyone called it the "The Avon Lady Murder." Emily Leo was the neighborhood Avon representative in the city of Chester in 1980. She was well-known and well-loved by friends, family, neighbors, and clients. On November 11, 1980, she went to an appointment with a man...

Updates, November 2018: DNA

This letter was sent to friends, family, and all those seeking justice for Leroy. To get on our mailing list, click here. Leroy ”June” Evans has been in jail for 38 years, for a crime which newly discovered evidence and testimony prove he did not commit. Everyone -...

How can I Make a Difference?

The justice system can ignore one man, as the last 38 years have proven, but it can’t ignore a crowd.

Leroy’s chances for justice grow better every time someone shares his story, calls a local politician, or attends a rally on his behalf. The louder we can make Leroy’s voice, the more likely the court is to listen. 

Who is Leroy Evans?

Long before and long after his imprisonment, Leroy Evans was a devoted son and brother, trusted friend, a loving husband and father. Find out more about him, see pictures of his life, and read his story. Leroy is so much more than the case that defined his life.

The Podcast

To hear Leroy’s own words, listen to A Story of Innocence podcast. Let us take you into the prison, the courthouse, and the everyday deliberations as we work to bring justice for Leroy.

Episode 4: Evidence

Episode 3: Alice & June

Episode 2: Jones

The Evidence

Read through the testimony and peruse all the evidence, from 1980 to today.

Hear the 2016 confession of the real killer for yourself!

Stay up-to-date on the case.

Local attorney hopes to reopen decades old murder case

By Bruce Gordon

Dec 17 2019, Fox 29 Philadelphia

Local attorney hopes to reopen decades old murder case

By Bruce Gordon

Dec 17 2019, Fox 29 Philadelphia

Local attorney hopes to reopen decades old murder case

By Bruce Gordon

Dec 17 2019, Fox 29 Philadelphia

DNA Evidence Snafus May Sink Bid for Freedom

By Alex Rose (@arosedelco)

Dec 23 2017, Delaware County News Network

Attorney Seeks To Reopen 37-Year-Old Murder Case With DNA Testing

By Mike DiNardo

Dec 21 2017, CBS 3 Philadelphia

Meek Mill, Leroy Evans and the Hunt for Justice

Editorial

Nov 28, 2017, Delco Times

Chester man, behind bars for 37 years, seeks DNA tests in ‘Avon Lady’ murder

By Alex Rose (@arosedelco)

Nov 27, 2017, Delaware County News Network

DNA Tests Sought In 37-Year-Old Murder Case In Delaware County

By David Madden

Nov 21, 2017, CBS 3 Philly

Family rallies for Chester man imprisoned 37 years for murder he says he did not commit

By Erin McCarthy (@erinK_mccarthy)

Nov 7, 2017, Philadelphia Daily News

Chester officials to take new look at ‘Avon Lady’ slaying

By Alex Rose (@arosedelco)

Jan 12, 2017, Delco Times

Keep me updated!

In the News

Check up on the latest stories on the case. From local to national media, print to digital, find our archive here.

 

Leroy’s Impact 

Despite a lifetime behind bars, Leroy has touched so many lives. Read their stories. Share yours.

 

Alice Evans

Alice Evans

Leroy's mother

Alice Evans, daughter of sharecroppers, granddaughter of slaves, moved her family of 11 children to Pennsylvania for a better life.

Sister Sheila Galligan

Sister Sheila Galligan

Activist & Friend

Professor of Theology, Sister Sheila specializes in teaching forgiveness. She has found a kindred soul in Leroy.

How can I Make a Difference?

The justice system can ignore one man, as the last 38 years have proven, but it can’t ignore a crowd.

Leroy’s chances for justice grow better every time someone shares his story, calls a local politician, or attends a rally on his behalf. The louder we can make Leroy’s voice, the more likely the court is to listen. 

Local attorney hopes to reopen decades old murder case

By Bruce Gordon

Dec 17 2019, Fox 29 Philadelphia

Local attorney hopes to reopen decades old murder case

By Bruce Gordon

Dec 17 2019, Fox 29 Philadelphia

Local attorney hopes to reopen decades old murder case

By Bruce Gordon

Dec 17 2019, Fox 29 Philadelphia

DNA Evidence Snafus May Sink Bid for Freedom

By Alex Rose (@arosedelco)

Dec 23 2017, Delaware County News Network

Attorney Seeks To Reopen 37-Year-Old Murder Case With DNA Testing

By Mike DiNardo

Dec 21 2017, CBS 3 Philadelphia

Meek Mill, Leroy Evans and the Hunt for Justice

Editorial

Nov 28, 2017, Delco Times

Chester man, behind bars for 37 years, seeks DNA tests in ‘Avon Lady’ murder

By Alex Rose (@arosedelco)

Nov 27, 2017, Delaware County News Network

DNA Tests Sought In 37-Year-Old Murder Case In Delaware County

By David Madden

Nov 21, 2017, CBS 3 Philly

Family rallies for Chester man imprisoned 37 years for murder he says he did not commit

By Erin McCarthy (@erinK_mccarthy)

Nov 7, 2017, Philadelphia Daily News

Chester officials to take new look at ‘Avon Lady’ slaying

By Alex Rose (@arosedelco)

Jan 12, 2017, Delco Times

Keep me updated!

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