Attorney: Documents further prove Roy Watford’s innocence

Photo courtesy: Roy Watford
Photo courtesy: Roy Watford

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — The attorney for Roy Watford has filed more court documents, which he believes further proves Watford’s innocence in a 1977 rape case.

10 On Your Side detailed Roy’s case in a special report on Aug. 29. Watford and his three brothers were accused in 1977 of raping a 12-year-old girl.

He took a guilty plea in the case — in exchange for no jail time — but says he never committed the crime. “I just don’t like the idea that I was accused of something that I didn’t do,” Watford said in August.

Watford told Brandi Cummings in August that he was hoping a petition filed by Attorney Jon Sheldon would convince the Virginia Supreme Court to legally agree that he is innocent.

READ: Watford’s Reply to Commonwealth Motion

The Office of Attorney General Mark Herring in October motioned the Virginia Supreme Court to dismiss or deny the petition.

Herring’s office cited that Watford had not met the “demanding burden” of showing that “no rational fact finder would have found him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt” with the evidence presented.

Sheldon filed new paperwork with the court saying there is significant new evidence in the case proving Watford’s innocence.

The new evidence includes the fact that the victim never named Watford as her attacker, that she was confused about what happened and it names another set of brothers as alternative suspects.

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