Thursday, February 2, 2023

Pablo Ibar’s life sentence appeal to be heard in February

A Florida court will hear an appeal on February 28 for Pablo Ibarr, the Hispanic-American son of a Cuban mother who has been sentenced to life in prison for triple murder in the United States.

At the hearing, the defense attorney will give reasons why he believes Ibar’s conviction should be overturned and a new trial conducted, said Andrés Krackenberger, spokesman for the Pablo Ibar Fair Trial Association. the new herald,

Regarding the triple murder for which Ibar was convicted, Crackenberger’s statement defends Ibar’s innocence.

“All three were killed by two persons who had barged into the house. The sequence of events was recorded by a video camera located in the living room of the house, which, at a given moment, captured the face of a young man with Latino features that police identified as Pablo. However, in the final trial held in 2018/2019, involving prosecution experts, it was proved that the video did not have sufficient image quality to make any identification,” the statement said.

The court hearing will take place via videoconferencing in the Florida Court of Appeals for the Fourth District in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County.

Ibar’s attorney, Joseph Nascimento, will have minutes to request that the life sentence be overturned and a new trial be held.

The Pablo Ibarra Fair Trial Association continues to raise money to finance the appeal. The appeal has a budget of $200,000 and donations can be made on their website.

Last June, Ibar showed himself believe the Florida court will order a retrial Whose he was a victim in 2019.

Pablo was born in Ibarra, Florida to a Spanish father and Cuban mother triple murder accused of a nightclub owner and two dancers, which took place in 1994 in the city of Miramar in Broward County.

He was sentenced to death in 2000, which was overturned by the Florida Supreme Court in 2016. By qualifying the evidence as “very weak”. The judge ordered a retrial, which was held in 2019, but he was sentenced to life in prison.

According to his counsel, the present appeal seeks to demonstrate that the process is riddled with irregularities which require a repetition of the oral hearing.

Nascimento assured that in 2000 Ibar’s public defender “didn’t do his job well, because he didn’t request an expert facial recognition test in relation to a video that recorded the events leading to his death”. Punished.”

The lawyer said that, after the second trial in 2019, a juror reported that he had been pressured, and it was later learned that others who intended to plead not guilty were also pressured.

One of the main reasons the lawyer charged for a new trial is that the police influenced a witness, a neighbor of the victims, to identify Ibar.

According to Nascimento, 20 days after the crime, the police showed that witness six photographs and he identified only two men as unshaven, one of them being Ibar. Then, in the recognition lineup, six people appeared, and the Spaniard was the only one who appeared in the photographs that the police had shown him earlier.

The lawyer believed that this witness was too unreliable to be accepted at trial.

Other arguments refer to the DNA evidence, possible contamination of the evidence, and Judge Dennis Bailey’s lack of impartiality.

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