DEATH PENALTY INVESTIGATIONS
Investigator Richard Reyna has gained national acclaim specializing in the field of death penalty investigations. His success and reputation are the result of his deep dedication and a personal driving force to uncover the true facts of each case.
Investigator Richard Reyna’s efforts to locate and interview critical witnesses and develop evidence and facts crucial to his cases have taken him throughout the United States, Mexico, South America, Russia, the Phillipine Islands, and various countries throughout Europe.
As a former law enforcement officer and instructor at police academies, he received numerous awards and gained valuable experience, as well as knowledge of crime scene investigation, interviewing techniques, and investigative expertise which have contributed to his success as a death penalty investigator today.
His experience in criminal and death penalty investigations spans over two decades. Several of his cases have been the focus of television documentaries, news articles, and books. Some of his high profile cases include:
STATE OF TEXAS VS. CLARENCE LEE BRANDLEY
Clarence Brandley was released from Texas’ Death Row after serving nearly 10 years on a capital murder conviction out of Conroe, Texas. As a result of an extensive investigation headed by Richard Reyna, facts were developed which conclusively proved Mr. Brandley’s innocence, thereby securing his release from Death Row.
Mr. Brandley’s case was detailed in the book “White Lies” (written by Nick Davies), as well as highlighted on CBS 60 Minutes and American Justice “Framed.”
STATE OF TEXAS VS. JOYCE ANN BROWN
Joyce Ann Brown was released from a Texas prison where she was serving a life sentence on a capital murder conviction. She spent 9 years in prison for a crime she did not commit.
Richard Reyna’s investigation uncovered evidence proving Ms. Brown’s innocence and revealed a case of mistaken identity as the cause of her wrongful incarceration. Ms. Brown’s story has been the focus of documentaries, books, and she has appeared on many talk shows discussing her experience and crediting Richard Reyna for her freedom. Her story was also highlighted on 60 Minutes and in the book “Joyce Ann Brown, Justice Denied.” (author Jay Gaines)
STATE OF TEXAS VS. MUNEER MOHAMMAD DEEB
As a result of an investigation by Richard Reyna, Muneer Mohammad Deeb was released from Texas’ Death Row after spending 6 years incarcerated on a capital murder conviction in Fort Worth, Texas. A new trial was ordered for Mr. Deeb and after four hours of jury deliberation in the re-trial, Muneer Deeb was found not guilty and released.
STATE OF TEXAS VS. KERRY MAX COOK
Richard Reyna conducted an investigation on behalf of Kerry Max Cook, who was released from Texas’ Death Row after having spent more than 15 years on a capital murder conviction out of Tyler, Texas.
STATE OF TEXAS VS. ERNEST RAY WILLIS
Richard Reyna conducted an investigation on behalf of Ernest Ray Willis, which resulted in his release from Texas Death Row after having spent more than 17 years on a capital murder conviction out of Iraan, Texas. Ernest Willis was released on October 6, 2004.
STATE OF LOUISIANA VS. RYAN MATTHEWS
Richard Reyna participated in an investigation with attorneys and other investigators from several states on behalf of Ryan Matthews, convicted of capital murder and sentenced to die in Gretna, Louisiana.
In 2004 the State of Louisiana dismissed the First Degree Murder charge and Mr. Matthews was released from prison.
STATE OF TEXAS VS. MARTIN DRAUGHON
Richard Reyna conducted an investigation on behalf of Martin Draughon who was convicted of capital murder in Houston, Texas. Mr. Draughon’s sentence was vacated by a Houston federal judge in 2004. The State of Texas was ordered to retry Mr. Draughon, lower his conviction, or release him. Mr. Draughon was released from death row in 2004
STATE OF OKLAHOMA VS. OSBALDO TORRES
Osbaldo Torres was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Richard Reyna conducted an investigation on his behalf. Mr. Torres was granted a stay of execution. In 2004 Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry commuted his death sentence to life in prison.
STATE OF IDAHO VS. BRYAN LANKFORD
Richard Reyna conducted an investigation on behalf of Bryan Lankford, who was initially sentenced to death with his brother. As a result of the investigation, Mr. Lankford was granted a new trial and his sentence was commuted to life in prison.
UNITED STATES VS. TIMOTHY JAMES MCVEIGH
As the lead investigator for the defense team of Timothy McVeigh, (the sole identifed defendant in the Oklahoma Bombing Incident) Mr. Reyna worked diligently with the defense team for Mr. McVeigh to develop the facts and information regarding Mr. McVeigh’s involvment in the Oklahoma Bombing. Referenced in the book “Others Unknown,” (author Stephen Jones & Peter Israel)
STATE OF TEXAS VS. JESUS RAMIREZ AND ALBERTO SIFUENTES
Jesus Ramirez and Alberto Sifuentes spent 11 years on Texas’ death row on a capital murder charge. Richard Reyna conducted an investigation and presented new evidence which resulted in a new trial for both defendants. In 2006 an evidentiary hearing was held and on August 24, 2007, by Lamb County District Judge Felix Klein recommended a new trial. On April 29, 2008, charges against both men were dismissed and they were released.
STATE OF TEXAS VS. RUBEN CANTU
Ruben Cantu was executed on August 23, 1993 after being convicted and sentenced to death for the shooting of two men during the course of a home robbery. One of the men died at the scene.
Richard Reyna was contracted by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund to investigate the possible wrongful execution of Mr. Cantu. As a result of this investigation, it was determined that Ruben Cantu was not involved in the shooting. The lone survivor of the shooting incident who suffered 9 gunshot wounds admitted that Mr. Cantu was not the person who shot him or his friend.
Although he reviewed several police photo lineups which included photographs of Cantu, he said that he never identified Ruben Cantu as being involved in the shooting. He said that during Ruben Cantu’s trial he identified Cantu as the shooter only because police investigators assured him that they had the right person. Investigators also told him that Cantu would be sitting next to his attorneys.
The co-defendant involved in the crime also presented a statement to Investigator Richard Reyna confirming that Ruben Cantu was not the person who participated in the crime with him. He later identified his accomplice.
Ruben Cantu’s story was highlighted in a documentary on Dan Rather Reports titled “Did Texas Execute Innocent Men?,” and aired on September 4, 2007. Mr. Cantu’s case has been the subject of multiple news articles and it has also raised interest worldwide regarding fairness and liability of the death penalty. Mr. Cantu’s case was also presented at the 3rd World Congress Against the Death Penalty held in Paris, France on February 1-3, 2007.
ADDITIONAL INVESTIGATIONS BY RICHARD REYNA
Commonwealth of Virginia VS. Joseph Roger O’Dell
Commonwealth of Virginia VS. Derek Rocco Barnabei
United States of Amercia VS. Juan Moreno
United States of America VS. Plutarco Tello
State of Florida VS. Anselmo Aguilera
State of New York VS. Ricardo Luna
State of Texas VS. Anibal Garcia Rousseau
State of Texas VS. Gary Graham
State of Texas VS. Darlie Lynn Routier
State of Texas VS. Dominique Jerome Green
State of Texas VS. David Hicks
State of Texas VS. Brittany Holberg
State of Texas VS. Anthony Fuentes
State of Texas VS. Hector Garcia
State of Texas VS. Pablo Melendez
State of Texas VS. Larry Estrada
State of Texas VS. Max Soffar
Richard Reyna’s extensive work in Death Penalty Investigations continues to gain international attention, working on behalf of Sant Egidio of Rome, Italy, and on behalf of independent organizations in Switzerland. He has also conducted investigations on behalf of the Embassy of Mexico to the United States as well.
Closer to home, he provides investigative services on behalf of Texas Defender Services in Houston, Texas, and various other law firms throughout the United States. He continues to conduct death penalty investigations with a dedication to his clients and a personal goal to uncover the true facts in each case.
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