Brooklyn man defended by Attorney Emmanuel Roy of Soleil Roy Rahim & Galloway, PC. is acquitted of murder:
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (MMD Newswire) March 24, 2009 -- After two (2) days of deliberation, a Brooklyn Jury acquitted Gerald Perkins of murder. Mr. Perkins was accused of shooting Nathaniel Smith to death on September 3, 2007 during the Caribbean Day Parade in Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn.
Emmanuel Roy Esq., who led the defense team, said, "the justice system worked as it should. This is an innocent man who was wrongfully accused of a very serious crime and then coerced into giving a confession to a detective who chose to ignore other leads in the case". Subhana Rahim, Esq., formerly of Willkie, Farr & Gallagher, assisted Mr. Roy. Ms. Rahim, said, "Mr. Perking is innocent, and the jury verdict reflects that. You simply cannot convict someone of murder when you have seven (7) witnesses giving conflicting testimonies about what occurred."
In an interview with a local newspaper Mr. Perkins said: "Mr. Roy took my case even though I did not have any money. He believed in my innocence. I am going home after almost two years in jail, and I thank Mr. Roy for my freedom. I am going to my wife and my son." Mr. Perkins was held without bail pending the outcome of the trial.
Attorney Mack Fliedner, a seasoned prosecutor of the Kings County District Attorney represented the People. Mr. Fliedner had a parade of detective and expert witnesses testified against Mr. Perkins. Detective Sonia Pereira of the New York City Police Department testified that Mr. Perkins confessed to the killing. However, Mr. Roy proved to the jury that the so called confession was coerced. Mr. Perkins was interrogated for eight (8) hours by seasoned investigators without food or water. Under cross-examination, the ballistic expert admitted that there were no fingerprints on the gun and that the two bullets found inside Mr. Smith's body did not match the bullets found in the so called murder weapon. Mr. Roy maintained that there was no scientific evidence linking Mr. Perkins to the crime.
Mr. Roy, a former prosecutor from the Brooklyn District Attorney Office, has defended many people accused of murder. Mr. Roy said that, "An accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty. It is up to the People to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. In this case, the People failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Perkins committed the crime of which he was accused." Mr. Perkins' wife Sophia Perkins with tears in her eyes said, "Attorney Roy is a dream come true. He is the best lawyer I know. He is very inquisitive, caring, loving and most of all he believed in my husband's innocence. He was always there for us even though we did not have any money to pay him. He treated us with respect, and I thank him every day for giving my husband back to me."
The honorable Albert Tomei of the Supreme Court of Kings County, New York, presided over the trial. Mr. Perkins was acquitted of murder on March 19, 2009.
Mr. Emmanuel Roy can be reached at: 718-797-2553 or by Email at: firstname.lastname@example.org