Jury gives Rafferty Life

Jury gives Rafferty Life

There are 6 comments on the WHLO-AM Akron story from Mar 30, 2006, titled Jury gives Rafferty Life. In it, WHLO-AM Akron reports that:

A SUMMIT COUNTY JURY DECIDES TO SEND 27-YEAR-OLD PATRICK SHANE RAFFERTY TO PRISON FOR LIFE, RATHER THAT SEND HIM TO DEATH ROW.

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confused student

Washington, DC

#1 Apr 2, 2006
i have been following this case and i dont understand how this man can be convicted of such a crime purely on the statements of non credible people? The others obviously were looking out for themselves and wanted any one else to get the blame for this. The stories of the others never coincided in the beginning. once they were able to collaborate, it all came together, yet the cousins story just didnt seem to cover enough to convince me. there were a lot of details that he didnt mention that were very significant! Must have slipped his mind huh? i'm not saying i think Mr. Rafferty was completely innocent, but i do think this trial and the entire proceedings from day one were composed and carried out improperly. there was no physical evidence connecting this man, the others were obviously hands on involved, the cousin had no motive for testifying( or did he?), and simple fact that jurors had such a hard time deciding what to do!! I really hope they all sleep well knowing that they convicted a man who could have been telling the truth solely on a statement of a non credible person!!!
julie

Kent, OH

#2 Apr 4, 2006
confused student wrote:
i have been following this case and i dont understand how this man can be convicted of such a crime purely on the statements of non credible people? The others obviously were looking out for themselves and wanted any one else to get the blame for this. The stories of the others never coincided in the beginning. once they were able to collaborate, it all came together, yet the cousins story just didnt seem to cover enough to convince me. there were a lot of details that he didnt mention that were very significant! Must have slipped his mind huh? i'm not saying i think Mr. Rafferty was completely innocent, but i do think this trial and the entire proceedings from day one were composed and carried out improperly. there was no physical evidence connecting this man, the others were obviously hands on involved, the cousin had no motive for testifying( or did he?), and simple fact that jurors had such a hard time deciding what to do!! I really hope they all sleep well knowing that they convicted a man who could have been telling the truth solely on a statement of a non credible person!!!
steve was my friend and i am appalled that you who probably doesnt even know him, could say that this was all made up! why would 5 people who are already serving life sentences lie! they arent getting anything. i think that you are making a wrong assumption here, they will all get what they deserve in this life and the next
Billy Rafferty

Tampa, FL

#3 Mar 22, 2007
Shayne is my cousin. With all due respect, I am very sorry for your loss of a good friend. The previous statement was commenting on the fact that my cousin was found guilty of murder, based solely on the testimony of a few, not very credible witnesses. You also may be making a wrong assumption here. A lot of the facts in the case simply does not add up.
If Shayne was the killer, I feel he should serve the time and even pay the ultimate price. I also like to see some hardcore evidence to the fact that he committed this heinous crime.
This has just not happened yet. Once again I am sorry for your loss.

Billy Rafferty
SWS

United States

#4 May 22, 2007
Billy:
How do you explain that your own cousin Bobby and Uncle Bob testified against Shane?
Bobby Rafferty

Brunswick, OH

#5 Dec 3, 2008
Here's the deal,my cousin killed a man simply because he wasn't in his right mind and he is a weak coward.I know this 4 a fact because he told me in detail.Now that we've cleared that up,if anyone wants to discuss the matter any further I would be glad 2 answer any and all questions.Thank You
THP

Akron, OH

#6 Mar 28, 2013
confused student wrote:
i have been following this case and i dont understand how this man can be convicted of such a crime purely on the statements of non credible people? The others obviously were looking out for themselves and wanted any one else to get the blame for this. The stories of the others never coincided in the beginning. once they were able to collaborate, it all came together, yet the cousins story just didnt seem to cover enough to convince me. there were a lot of details that he didnt mention that were very significant! Must have slipped his mind huh? i'm not saying i think Mr. Rafferty was completely innocent, but i do think this trial and the entire proceedings from day one were composed and carried out improperly. there was no physical evidence connecting this man, the others were obviously hands on involved, the cousin had no motive for testifying( or did he?), and simple fact that jurors had such a hard time deciding what to do!! I really hope they all sleep well knowing that they convicted a man who could have been telling the truth solely on a statement of a non credible person!!!
I love how this poster says they've "been following this case" yet they don't even know that the cousin was a girl. Yeah you really followed this case closely.:facepalm:

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