Walter Ogrod Pennsylvania Death Row

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Walter Ogrod

Walter Ogrod was convicted for sexually assaulting and bludgeoning to
death four-year-old Barbara Jean Horn, a neighbor. Ogrod killed Barbara
Jean on July 12, 1988 by luring her into the basement of his home in
Castor Gardens. The little girl, who lived across the street, thought
she was going inside to get candy. Instead, Ogrod tried to sexually
assault her. When she screamed, he hit her over the head with an iron
bar from a weight-lifting set. Ogrod placed Barbara Jean’s lifeless body
in a plastic bag, stuffed it into a cardboard television box and
carried the box around the corner to be taken out with the trash.


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    • Jamie
    • April 18, 2020
    Reply

    I noticed Walter Ogrod is featured in a recent Death Penalty Information Center news article. (I remembered his picture from reading this post).

    If interested, here is the link to the Death Penalty Info article for more about Walter Ogrod’s current situation:
    Apr 09, 2020
    ~ Victim’s Mother Joins Fight to Free ​“Likely Innocent” Death-Row Prisoner Walter Ogrod, Who Has Symptoms of Coronavirus ~
    https://deathpenaltyinfo.org/news/victims-mother-joins-fight-to-free-likely-innocent-death-row-prisoner-walter-ogrod-who-has-symptoms-of-coronavirus

    • Jamie
    • May 16, 2020
    Reply

    Ogrod’s Death Penalty case really bothers me.

    I have worked with “disabled’ and autistic children and adults in the past.

    Ogrod is slightly “impaired”.
    Which over 30 years ago, made him a sitting duck for a bully Prosecutor (who, after 4 years had not solved this little girl’s murder).

    What follows is a collection of links to articles and vids that I’ve snipped to create a painfully long timeline of Prosecutorial Misconduct.

    Most recent:
    May 15th, 2020
    NBC Nightly News Broadcast
    (full)
    Skip to 13:57
    “Wrongly-Convicted Man Still In Prison Amid Outbreak”
    https://youtube.com/watch?v=Vpwt4ykEk0c
    alt
    https://invidio.us/watch?v=Vpwt4ykEk0c

    Begins back in 2004, with author Tom Lowenstein looking into Walter’s death sentence.

    2004
    “Snitch Work”
    (2-part article)
    Casts serious doubt on Walter’s guilt
    author Tom Lowenstein

    https://deathpenaltyinfo.org/stories/snitch-work

    ~ crickets ~

    2018
    CNN Death Row Stories
    “Snitch Work” 40 min
    District Attorney, Lynne Abraham refuses to allow analysis of crime scene DNA.

    https://youtube.com/watch?v=vK8HRAgLJYs
    (re-titled, “Barbara Jean Horn’s Murder (4)”)
    alt link
    https://invidio.us/watch?v=vK8HRAgLJYs

    2018
    YouTube Creator crime doc:
    Who killed Barbara Jean Horn? 22 min
    Great historical footage
    https://invidio.us/watch?v=bHAnGR_LI_M
    alt
    https://invidio.us/watch?v=bHAnGR_LI_M

    March 2020
    NEW District Attorney Larry Krasner allows DNA testing.
    Walter’s DNA is NOT a match.

    DA Larry Krasner called Ogrod’s case a “gross miscarriage of justice.”
    Filed to vacate and free Walter Ogrod, now 55yo.

    Ogrod’s March court date postponed.

    DA Larry Krasner filed emergency motion for Ogrod’s release to a hospital — citing a 103-106 degree fever, and difficulty breathing.

    April 2020
    Will a Judge Set Him Free Before He Dies of COVID-19?
    https://reason.com/2020/04/09/the-philadelphia-district-attorneys-office-says-it-wrongly-convicted-walter-ogrod-will-it-set-him-free-before-he-dies-of-covid-19/

    Judge Shelly Robins-New denied the request to expedite Ogrod’s release. She did not explain why.
    (Omitting that she worked 19 years with the DA who prosecuted Ogrod 30 years ago)

    Walter Ogrod remains on death row, pending his “possible” release in June.

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