This is one of the many questions Lamar Burks has been struggling with while stuck in a Texas prison for the past 19 years for a murder that new evidence is showing he could not possibly have committed.
An organization called the Innocence Project in Texas is beginning to wonder the same thing.
So many other pieces of evidence have emerged lately that are strongly suggesting, maybe screaming out is a more apt way of putting it, that he was wrongly imprisoned in Houston back in 2000 to serve a 70–year sentence for murder.
I should divulge up front that my PR firm TransMedia Group is currently representing Mr. Burks in this matter, although we’re charging him a much lower fee than we normally charge as we’re giving him an “innocence discount.”
We give this special discount to any person or prisoner whom we believe is innocent and thereby unjustly charged or punished for a crime they clearly did not commit.
There’s also a slew of affidavits emerging like one from his older brother Scotty saying Lamar was at their sister’s wedding and was staying in Opelousas, LA with the whole family from June 29 to July 6, 1997, when the murder of Earl Perry occurred in Houston on June 30, 1997.
Also documented phone records secured from AT&T show calls Lamar made from Louisiana during this time, which oddly were not even presented by Lamar’s attorney at the time of Lamar’s hearing.
Now more affidavits are coming to light by persons who witnessed the deadly shooting that occurred one night during a dice game outside a club in Houston. They’re now recanting their earlier testimony that Lamar was the shooter and identifying another man as the murderer.
As if this weren’t enough evidence of Lamar’s innocence, there’s new evidence that two DEA agents allegedly framed him. One of them, Chad Scott was convicted Aug. 27, 2019 on seven counts of falsifying government documents, witness tampering and other crimes in an unrelated case. The government now reportedly has expanded its investigation into Scott and his partner’s activities in Burks’ case.
Burks was sentenced on Oct. 30, 2000 to 70 years in prison for murder, his first ever conviction.
A hearing scheduled on Oct. 29 in Houston is expected to provide new insight into how Judge Denise Collins was a business partner of a DEA agent who allegedly forced an informant to implicate Burks.
This was apparently done as a way of getting incriminating evidence on an associate of Burks, Rap-a-lot executive J. Prince, with whom Burks was discussing a distribution deal for Burks’ HipHop, R&B music company.
Burks was in the entertainment business in Houston from 1992 to 2000.