Starting today, The Whole Truth Project will be examining and discussing the Anthony Porter case and asking the following questions: "Is Anthony Porter really innocent?" "And "Is Alstory Simon really guilty?"
Part 1 – The Alleged Alibi
On August 15, 1982, at approximately 1:00 a.m., Jerry Hillard and Marilyn Green were shot and killed while sitting in the bleachers next to a swimming pool in Chicago’s Washington Park. Anthony Porter was arrested and charged with the murders.
Porter told police they had the wrong guy and insisted that he was never in Washington Park on the night of the murders. Instead, Porter claimed that he was with two friends, "Fat Luke" and Tyrone Horton at a tavern called "The Hole" and that after leaving the tavern the group returned to Porter’s apartment and continued to drink there for the rest of the evening.
At the criminal trial, Porter elected not to testify. The defense called Kenneth Doyle ("Fat Luke") as an alibi witness. Doyle testified that on the night of the murders he visited Porter at his mother’s apartment around 10:00 p.m. and that he and Porter and a few other friends hung out there and drank Wild Irish Rose until about 2:00 a.m. when the group walked to a playground at the Robert Taylor Homes and continued to drink and get high until 9:00 a.m.
However, another supposed alibi witness, Georgia Moody, the common law wife of one of Porter’s brothers, contradicted Doyle and testified that to her knowledge, Porter and Doyle were not drinking at Porter’s mother’s apartment and that Doyle returned home around 10:00 p.m.
So, was Porter really drinking with his buddies that night, as opposed shooting Jerry Hillard and Marilyn Green in Washington Park?
Perhaps that question can be answered by Chicago Police Officer Anthony Liace. On the night of the murder, Officer Liace responded to a 911 call about a man shot in Washington Park. Officer Liace arrived quickly and saw Porter fleeing the park. Officer Liace stopped Porter and frisked him but, upon finding no weapon, let Porter go. If Porter was drinking with "Fat Luke" and his other buddies that night, why did Officer Liace see him in Washington Park just minutes after the shooting?
This question has never been answered.
Thank you to Pulitzer Prize winning journalist William Crawford for sharing his 100-page article on the Anthony Porter case entitled "Chimera" with us. Mr. Crawford reviewed the entire underlying factual record in the Porter case in preparing his article and we have relied on that record for our recitation of the facts above. We will be posting that entire article in the near future.