People v. Armando Ortiz

Description: 17 year old boy convicted by a jury of murdering a young pregnant girl during a robbery of a convenience store, While serving 2 life terms for a crime he didn’t commit, his conviction was overturned on a habeas petition by the Innocence Project of Northern California. I was appointed by the Fresno County Superior Court to represent him for retrial – I did not represent him in his previous trial. After investigation and preparation for retrial, I was able to convince the prosecution that Armando was at another place at the time of the murder, and the case was dismissed on eve of the second trial.

Outcome: Double murder conviction reversed, case dismissed