Russell Faria was wrongfully convicted in 2013 of murdering his wife Betsy in 2011. Faria was convicted despite the fact he had a rock solid alibi. Four witnesses testified that Faria was with them watching movies at the time of the murder. Gas station security cameras and a fast food receipt also confirm Faria’s whereabouts on the evening of the murder.
In 2014, Faria’s defense team filed a motion with the Missouri Eastern District Court of Appeals, requesting a new trial based on newly discovered evidence. Their request was granted, leading St. Louis Circuit Judge Steven Ohmer to throw out Faria’s conviction in June of 2015, and order a new trial. Faria’s appeal was successful, and we was freed in November of 2015.
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Russ Faria News Coverage
June 17, 2015: Russ Faria walks out of jail, says he’s ready for new trial
May 15, 2015: Court ruling in Russ Faria case opens door for retrial
Oct 24, 2014: Op-Ed: Allegations of inappropriate affair in Russ Faria murder case