In the land of the free, every citizen is guaranteed to be presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Sadly, however, this guarantee is often suspended for many folks who rot in jail for years waiting to prove their innocence. Because he's yet to proven guilty, Marvin Guy is innocent until proven so. And for the last 7 years, he's been innocent, in jail, with no trial.
As The Free Thought Project first reported in 2014, Marvin Guy is facing the death penalty. Guy shot and killed Detective Charles Dinwiddie and injured several other Killeen police officers, as they were attempting to forcefully enter Guy’s home on May 9, 2014, at 5:30 am.
Police had been surveilling Guy’s home for some time after an informant claimed Guy was trafficking a large quantity of cocaine. At some point in the investigation, the decision was made to enter Guy’s home and attempt to find evidence which would corroborate the informant’s claim.
But after entering the residence, in a show of force which resulted in the loss of life of a veteran police officer, no drugs, not even a single marijuana joint was found.
The consequence for the police incursion resulted in one detective’s death, and yet another Black man being charged with homicide. Guy's fate is yet to be determined, as he is awaiting trial for Dinwiddie's murder which, arguably, would not have occurred had the police not attempted to enter his home unannounced.
Even if the police had identified themselves before attempting to enter Guy's home, there have been enough crimes committed by criminals posing as police, to justify Guy’s decision to defend his life from intruders.
According to many jailhouse interviews conducted by KDH News, Guy told reporters “he was simply defending himself when his bedroom window was broken out that morning.”
Complicating matters further for the prosecution in Guy’s case is the fact that a precedent has already been set in a similar case. As The Free Thought Project reported, charges against Henry Goedrich Magee were dropped following a TX grand jury's refusal to indict Magee on capital murder charges for the shooting death of Burleson County Sgt. Adam Sowders, after the sergeant led a team of police officers into Magee’s residence using the same “no-knock” search warrant method.
Magee claimed he was protecting his home and his pregnant girlfriend, the exact same claim Guy made upon his arrest.
After the grand jury refused to indict Magee, the case against him was dropped, just a few short months after the shooting occurred, quite a contrast from Guy's imprisonment. Guy has been sitting in jail for seven years awaiting his day in court.
The discrepancies in the way Magee was treated and how Guy's case is being handled has largely gone unnoticed just like Guy's extended prison term with no trial. However, a pastor out of New York, Nick Gentile, and a group of activists at the Grass Roots Law Project are doing their best to expose the injustice.
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On a website started by Gentile, freemarvinguy.com, Gentile explains how Guy's situation is set up to fail.
Justice in Marvin's case would take the form of a fair trial, before an impartial jury of his peers, which we believe entails a change of venue because there is sufficient evidence to conclude that Marvin will not receive a fair trial in Bell County/Killeen, and good, honest legal representation which is what Marvin has been sorely lacking during his entire duration in jail. Marvin has been charged with Capital Murder and is in desperate need of legal help because if convicted of the crimes he's been charged with he faces the Death Penalty.
On the website, Gentile lists the following links on how you can help in Guy's fight:
Donate to Marvin's Legal Defense Fund:
Sign and Share Marvin's Petition:
Different ways you can share Marvin's story and make a difference in helping Marvin achieve Justice and Freedom:
Below is a short movie put out last month, telling Marvin Guy's story, put together by the folks at the Grass Roots Law Project.