A Story of Innocence 

Justice for Leroy Evans

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

On November 11, 1980, Leroy Evans, age 23, was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Emily Leo, “the Avon Lady.” Despite a lack of physical evidence and witness testimony placing him nowhere near the murder, 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 swore to a new testimony; he finally told the truth. Having spent over three decades in prison, Leroy, who has exhausted nearly every opportunity to clear his name, finally has proof of his innocence, but time may be 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.

Here you will find the latest updates to Leroy’s case, news stories, and plans for action. Read the blog, listen to the podcast, donate to the ongoing, pro-bono legal battle, or find out how your voice can make a difference. Call our local representatives, your local news media, or your favorite celebrity. 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 surrounded by friends and family.

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The Justice for Leroy blog

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 -...

Chapter One: Starting in the Middle

This is the story of Leroy Evans. His family and friends lovingly call him “June.” In November of 1980, Leroy Evans was a 23-year-old US Navy veteran. He was working at Sun Ship in Chester, PA, and living a good life with his young wife and long-time love, Rosemary....

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 of witnesses from 1980 to 2019. Stay up-to-date on the case.

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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, 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. 

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