Walter Ogrod case
In October 1996, a man named Walter Ogrod from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was convicted and sentenced to death in his second trial for the sexual assault and murder of four-year-old Barbara Jean Horn in 1988 and disposing of her body in a cardboard television box at a nearby street from where she lived with her parents. Ogrod's first trial ended in a mistrial after a juror announced that he did not agree with the verdict of acquittal.
In April 1992, Walter Ogrod, a neighbour of four-year-old Barbara Jean Horn, confessed to luring Horn into his basement, attempting to sexually assault her, bludgeoning her to death with a metal object, and then placing her body in a cardboard TV box at St. Vincent Street, nearby from where the murder took place.
In October 1993, Ogrod was put on trial for the first time. The defense rested on Ogrod's confession being coerced by the authorities. The jury was set to a acquit Ogrod of the crime, but a juror announced that he did not agree with the verdict as it was being read out, resulting in a mistrial.
In October 1996, three years later, Ogrod again went on trial. He was convicted of her murder and sentenced to death. The main evidence against Ogrod was hearsay from jailhouse informant testimony that he had confessed to the crime.
In April 2018, the District Attorney of Philadelphia, Larry Krasner, revealed that Ogrod's conviction will be reviewed. In addition, a district attorney spokesman revealed that prosecutors will no longer try to prevent DNA evidence in the case from being tested, including fingernail scrapings from the victim.
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