Owen Barber shot Daniel Petrole to death in Bristow, Virginia on March 15, 2001. Barber was convicted of murder and got a sentence of 60 years. In 2002, Justin Wolfe was sent to Virginia’s death row for paying Barber to kill Petrole. But did he?
“The Court finds these actions not only unconstitutional in regards to due process, but abhorrent to the judicial process.”
- It was police who suggested to Owen Barber, while threatening him with the death penalty, that he name Justin Wolfe.
- After these capital punishment threats, Owen Barber did say that Wolfe hired him for the killing, but then recanted afterwards.
- Barber’s testimony was the only direct evidence linking Wolfe to the crime.
- The prosecution “knowingly presented false testimony by Barber.”
- The police report that included the death penalty threats and suggestions to name Wolfe was never turned over to Wolfe’s defense.