Rojas was suspicious that his common-law wife/girlfriend, Jo Ann
Reed, and his brother had slept together the night before.
After denying Rojas' accusation, Reed and Rojas
had sex in the master bedroom of their trailer home. Rojas then shot
Reed between the eyes with a .32-caliber gun.
Moments later, Rojas called his brother out of
the bathroom and shot him three times, leaving him to die on the
Upon returning to his bedroom where he had shot
Reed, Rojas noticed that she was still breathing, so he tightly tied
a plastic bag over her head and covered her with pillows and
Rojas bought a bus ticket to Atlanta, but got
only as far as Dallas, where he confessed to security guards at the
bus station. Rojas surrendered to authorities that same day and
confessed to his crime.
Rojas served a prison sentence in Germany while
serving in the U.S. Army. In 1976, Rojas was committed in California
as a narcotic drug addict following an arrest and conviction for the
sale of heroin. In 1990, Rojas was convicted in Nevada and sentenced
to serve five years for the possession and sale of cocaine.
One whole extra crispy fried chicken, salad with Thousand Island
dressing, French toast, two diet Cokes, one apple pie, and French
Rojas declined to make a last statement at his execution.
Texas Attorney General
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2002
Leonard Uresti Rojas Scheduled to be Executed.
AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn
offers the following information on Leonard Uresti Rojas, who is
scheduled to be executed after 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002. On
May 31, 1996, Leonard Uresti Rojas was sentenced to death for the
capital murder of David Rojas, which occurred in Alvarado, Texas, on
Dec. 27, 1994. A summary of the evidence presented at trial follows:
FACTS OF THE CRIME
During the early morning hours of Dec. 27, 1994,
following a late night of playing dominoes and using drugs, Leonard
Uresti Rojas fatally shot his common-law wife/girlfriend, Jo Ann
Reed, and his brother, David Rojas, inside the double-wide trailer
they all occupied. Rojas was suspicious that Reed and his brother
had slept together the night before.
Rojas was in the kitchen making coffee when he
saw Reed emerge from his brother's bedroom. After denying Rojas'
accusation, Reed and Rojas went to the master bedroom where she
disrobed and had a sexual encounter with Rojas. Rojas then shot Reed
between the eyes with a .32-caliber gun.
Moments later, Rojas called his brother out of
the bathroom and shot him three times, leaving him to die on the
bathroom floor. Upon returning to his bedroom where he had shot Reed,
Rojas noticed that she was still breathing, so he tightly tied a
plastic bag over her head and covered her with pillows and blankets.
Rojas then went to the kitchen and drank a cup of
coffee. During this time, a friend of Reed's called twice and a co-worker
called once. Rojas told both of them that Reed was ill and could not
talk on the phone. Next, unable to find his car keys, Rojas left his
house and hitchhiked to the bus station in Fort Worth, where he
bought a ticket to Atlanta, Georgia.
Rojas traveled only so far as Dallas, where he
confessed to security guards at the bus station. Rojas surrendered
to authorities that same day and confessed to his crime, providing
authorities with three substantially consistent confessions,
including a detailed videotaped walk-through of the crime scene.
Jan. 27, 1995 - Rojas was indicted in the 18th
Judicial District Court of Johnson County, Texas, for the capital
offense of murder of David Rojas, while in the course of committing
and attempting to commit the offense of murder of Jo Ann Reed.
May 22, 1996 - Rojas was found guilty on his plea
of not guilty in the 249th District Court of Johnson County, Texas.
May 31, 1996 - The punishment phase concluded
with a sentence of death.
Sept. 23, 1998 - The Court of Criminal Appeals
affirmed Rojas' conviction and sentence on direct appeal.
Dec. 9, 1998 - The Court of Criminal Appeals
denied state application for writ of habeas corpus, which was filed
during the pendency of his direct appeal on June 22, 1998.
Feb. 2, 1999 - Rojas' conviction became final (90
days following the Court of Criminal Appeals' denial of a rehearing)
and the one-year federal filing time frame began.
Feb. 2, 2000 - The federal filing deadline
April 5, 2000 - Rojas filed a motion for
appointment of federal habeas counsel in federal district court.
March 23, 2001 - Rojas filed an untimely federal
petition for writ of habeas corpus.
Sept. 6, 2001 - The federal district court
entered summary judgment denying the petition.
July 7, 2002 - The United States Court of Appeals
for the Fifth Circuit denied certificate of appealability.
July 12, 2002 - The 18th District Court of
Johnson County entered order setting the date of execution for Dec.
Nov. 18, 2002 - The United States Supreme Court
denied certiorari review.
Records indicate that Rojas served prison
sentences in Germany (while serving in the U.S. Army), California
and Nevada for drug offenses. May 24, 1976 - Rojas was committed in
California as a narcotic drug addict following an arrest and
conviction for the sale of heroin. April 16, 1990 - Rojas was
convicted and sentenced to serve five years in Nevada State Prison
for the possession and sale of cocaine.
Leonard Rojas was convicted of the murder of his
brother and Rojas's common-law wife in 1994. Rojas was convicted of
capital murder on May 22, 1996 and assessed the death penalty on
June 3, 1996.
Assistant District Attorney James Cawthon, Jr.
said Rojas, who pled not-guilty, had admitted to shooting his common-law
wife, Jo Ann Reed, in the head at point-blank range, in the early
morning hours of Dec. 27, 1994.
He then went to the bathroom where his brother
was and knocked on the door. When his brother, David Rojas, answered
the door, Leonard Rojas shot him three times, wounding him in the
neck, lower left-hand chest, and right thigh, according to Cawthon.
"After he kills his brother he goes back and he can still hear her (Reed)
breathing or gasping for air. He takes a plastic bag and sticks it
over her head and ties it. That's how she died," Cawthon said.
Leonard Rojas, David Rojas, and Reed all lived in
rural Alvarado, where the murders took place. "What he claimed and
we never found any evidence of, is that his brother and this woman
he was living with were having an affair and that they were going to
kick him out," Cawthon said. "They had been doing speed for some
period of time before this happened," he said. "It was a pretty
brutal murder and he was extremely cold-blooded about it. After he
does this he calls a woman and makes some very sexually explicit
offers to her and asks her if she wants to come over and smoke pot."
Cawthon said Leonard Rojas then made a cup of
coffee, smoked a cigarette, and decided to leave. According to
Cawthon, Leonard Rojas hitchhiked to Fort Worth where he then took a
bus to Dallas. Once in Dallas, he got off the bus and tells some
security guards at the bus station that he was "involved in
The Dallas Police and the Texas Rangers were then
informed. "George Turner (Texas Ranger) was lead investigator,"
Cawthon said. "And George went and picked him up and got statements
from him. And started collecting evidence on the double homicide."
Cawthon described Leonard Rojas as being, "able to recall everything
in vivid detail and very forthright with the police."
Reed was 34 at the time of her death and David
Rojas was 43. The gun used was a .38-caliber pistol. Leonard Rojas
had two prior convictions in California and Nevada for drug
trafficking. Records from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice
show he served a prison sentence in Germany while serving in the U.S.
Army, for drug offenses.
Texas Execution Information
Center by David Carson
Leonard Uresti Rojas, 52, was executed by lethal
injection on 4 December 2002 in Huntsville, Texas for the murder of
Leonard Rojas lived in Alvarado, a small town
south of Fort Worth, with his common-law wife, Jo Ann Reed, and his
brother, David Rojas.
On the morning of 27 December 1994, Leonard
Rojas, then 44, was in the kitchen, making coffee, after a night of
drinking and using drugs. He saw Reed, 34, slip out of his brother's
bedroom. He accused her of sleeping with him, but she denied the
They then went into their bedroom, where she
performed oral sex on him. Rojas then shot Reed between the eyes
with a .32-caliber handgun. Next, Rojas called for his brother, 43,
and shot him three times in the bathroom. Returning to the bedroom,
Rojas saw that Reed was still breathing, so he tied a plastic bag
over her head and stacked pillows and blankets on her body.
After the killings, Rojas went back to the
kitchen and had a cup of coffee. Two people telephoned for Reed.
Rojas told them that she was ill and could not come to the phone.
Next, unable to find his car keys, Rojas hitchhiked to the bus
station in Fort Worth and bought a ticket to Atlanta, Georgia. When
he reached Dallas, he confessed to security guards at the bus
station. He later confessed to Dallas County sheriff's deputies,
including taking them on a videotaped walk-through of the crime
Rojas had previously served three prison
sentences for drug offenses. The first was in Germany, where he was
stationed while serving in the U.S. Army. In 1976, Rojas was
convicted of selling heroin in California. His third prison sentence
was for selling cocaine in Nevada in 1990.
A jury convicted Rojas of capital murder in May
1996 and sentenced him to death. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
affirmed the conviction and sentence in September 1998.
Rojas was originally scheduled for execution in
2000, after his appeals attorney failed to meet a filing deadline.
According to the Texas Defender Service, the lawyer, David Chapman,
had a mental disorder, had never worked on a capital appeals case
before, and had his law license put on probated suspension three
Chapman disputed the claims that he bungled
Rojas' appeal, noting that Rojas gave three confessions to police.
"I played a very bad hand as well as I could," Chapman said. "The
facts of Mr. Rojas' case were extraordinarily incriminating." At any
rate, a federal judge allowed a new attorney to be appointed, and
the usual appeals were then filed on Rojas' behalf. All of them were
denied by the courts.
"I'll never regret it. Never," Rojas said of the
killings in a death row interview. He said that his brother and wife
taunted him all the time. When he confronted her about sleeping with
David, she laughed and said, "You can't prove nothing, Leo." Rojas
said that he used a .32-caliber gun he got in exchange for cocaine
to shoot his wife and his brother. "I just snapped ... I just said,
no more abuse from these people."
Rojas also claimed that the two were trying to
kill him slowly by poisoning his coffee. "These people, they were
just basically evil," Rojas said. "They wanted my money, wanted my
drugs, and they wanted to do me in." Though Rojas freely admitted
his guilt, he also claimed that his court-appointed attorneys were
incompetent and he did not get a fair trial.
Rojas declined to make a last statement at his
execution. He was pronounced dead at 6:17 p.m.
Man Convicted of Double Murder Scheduled to Die
By Mark Passwaters -
The Huntsville Item
December 4, 2002
Leonard Uresti Rojas, sentenced to death in a
Johnson County trial for the 1994 murders of his brother and common
law wife, is scheduled to be executed Wednesday evening in the death
chamber of the Huntsville "Walls" Unit. While the case against
Rojas, now 52, appears strong, his current defense team hopes legal
blunders by a previous court-appointed attorney will lead to a stay
Leonard Rojas freely admits to shooting Jo Ann
Reed and his brother David Rojas in the early morning hours of Dec.
27, 1994. Leonard Rojas -- who had served time for previous drug-related
offenses in California and Nevada -- returned to the double-wide
trailer the three called home high on drugs and noticed Reed slip
out of his brother's room. Leonard Rojas confronted Reed and accused
her of sleeping with his brother, a claim she denied. After the two
had sex, Leonard Rojas pulled out a .32-caliber gun and shot Reed in
Leonard Rojas left their bedroom and went to the
bathroom, where his brother was at the time, and called him out.
David Rojas was shot three times by his brother and was left to die
on the floor. Upon returning to his bedroom, Leonard Rojas noticed
Reed was still breathing, so he tied a plastic bag over her head and
stacked pillows and blankets on her body.
Shortly afterward, Rojas decided to flee the
small town of Alvarado, approximately 30 miles south of Fort Worth.
After hitchhiking to a Fort Worth bus station, he bought a ticket to
Atlanta. However, a crisis of conscience caused Rojas to get off the
bus in Dallas, where he found a security guard and confessed to the
killings. He later provided three nearly identical confessions to
authorities and gave a detailed walk-through of the crime scene.
On May 22, 1996, Rojas was found guilty of the
murders and was sentenced to death nine days later. All of his
previous attempts to have his death sentence either stayed or
changed to a life sentence have been rejected by the courts, but his
attorneys from the Texas Defender Service have filed an appeal
claiming a previous appeal was "woefully inadequate." Their
complaint claims that attorney David Chapman of Fort Worth,
appointed by the court to handle a previous appeal, bungled the
In a sworn affidavit, Chapman said he prepared
his state habeas appeal -- intended to raise issues that might not
have been brought up during the original trial -- after reading the
trial record and interviewing Rojas once. Further, they argue,
Chapman was inexperienced in handling capital cases -- the appeal
was his first -- and that his law license was suspended three
different times for mishandling three other cases.
Chapman, on the other hand, contends he did the
best he could with very little to work with. "I played a very bad
hand as well as I could," he told The Houston Chronicle. "The facts
of Mr. Rojas' case were extraordinarily incriminating."
Rojas' own statements from death row may damage
his attempts to gain a stay. During interviews with the Associated
Press, He expressed no remorse for the killings, although he now
claims Reed was trying to kill him slowly by poisoning his coffee.
Barring a stay of execution due to the appeal or a decision by the
Texas Board of Pardons and Parole or Gov. Rick Perry, Rojas will be
executed sometime after 6 p.m. His execution is the next to last
scheduled in the state this year.
Man Who Killed Two Executed
By Pam Easton - Houston Chronicle
December 4, 2002
HUNTSVILLE -- A South Texas man who confessed to
killing his common-law wife and brother, whom he suspected of having
an affair, was executed Wednesday.
Leonard Rojas, 52, was asked by the warden if he
had a final statement. Rojas, wearing a white-collared shirt that
partially exposed his chest, responded "No." As the lethal drugs
began flowing, Rojas' eyes blinked and he pursed his lips. He took
two deeps breaths, then his mouth fell open and his eyes shut
tightly. He was pronounced dead at 6:17 p.m., eight minutes after
receiving the lethal injection.
Three of Rojas' seven surviving brothers watched
the execution. Rojas' cousin, Maria Rojas, stood at the window
looking into the death chamber. Soon after Rojas took his final gasp,
she whispered, "He's gone."
Leonard Rojas said recently he had no regrets
about shooting Jo Ann Reed between the eyes after having one last
sexual encounter with her and then turning the gun on his younger
brother David Rojas. "I'll never regret it. Never," he said of the
1994 killings. "These people, they were just basically evil. They
just wanted my money, wanted my drugs and they wanted to do me in."
Rojas, who had spent time in prison in California
and Nevada for drug convictions, claimed the two were having an
affair and attempting to drug him to death. Those claims never were
proven, said Johnson County assistant district attorney David
Vernon. "Leonard was an extremely possessive type of person," Vernon
said. "He confronted her about having sex with his brother and she
laughs at him."
Rojas said he recalled seeing his wife leave his
brother's room that morning. " `You can't prove nothing, Leo,' "
Rojas recalled her saying. "They just put me in the corner and I
Rojas said he used a .32-caliber gun he got in
exchange for cocaine to shoot his 34-year-old wife, then his 43-year-old
brother. The slayings took place in the mobile home the trio shared
in Alvarado, near Forth Worth. "I just said, no more abuse from
these people," Rojas said. "The alternative I came out with was to
get even with them."
Rojas was sentenced to death in 1996. Vernon said
prosecutors didn't have to do much to get the conviction. Rojas
confessed to the crime three times and led prosecutors through the
crime scene while they videotaped it. Rojas was the 32nd person
executed in Texas this year, bringing the total to 288 since Texas
reinstated the death penalty in 1982.
The execution set for next Wednesday of James
Collier, condemned for the 1995 shooting deaths of a Wichita Falls
mother and her son, is the final execution scheduled for 2002. At
least 13 executions are scheduled in the first three months of 2003.
Defense attorneys tried to have Rojas' execution postponed on the
grounds he did not receive adequate representation during his
appeals. The courts rejected the request for a stay of execution.
Texas Killer Executed for Double Murder
United Press International
December 4, 2002
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - A Texas killer was executed
Wednesday for slaying his girlfriend and his brother during a
shooting spree eight years ago. Leonard Rojas, 52, was pronounced
dead at 6:17 p.m. CST after receiving a lethal injection for killing
JoAnn Reed, 34, and David Rojas, 43, after he suspected his brother
of having sex with his girlfriend at their Alvarado trailer home.
Rojas offered no final statement when asked by the warden.
The execution came the day after the Texas
Defender Service, a non-profit legal aid group, alleged that Rojas
had inadequate legal representation during the state appeal process
and never received a full hearing in the federal courts.
The appellate lawyer appointed to represent Rojas
was mentally ill, had been suspended by the State Bar of Texas, and
lacked death penalty experience, the group stated. The Rojas case
was cited in a TDS study that found more than one-third of the state
habeas corpus appeals for Texas death row inmates failed to present
enough evidence for an appeal court to review.
There was little doubt that Rojas killed the
victims Dec. 17, 1994 because he gave three confessions and even
recorded a videotaped crime-scene walk-through for police.
night of playing dominoes and using drugs, Rojas became suspicious
that Reed and his brother had slept together the night before. Rojas
shot Reed between the eyes with a .32-caliber pistol. Rojas then
called his brother out of the bathroom and shot him three times,
leaving him to die on the floor. He then found Reed was still
breathing so he tied a plastic bag over her head and covered her
with pillows and a blanket.
Rojas hitchhiked to the bus station in Fort Worth,
where he bought a ticket to Atlanta, Ga., but he traveled only as
far as Dallas where he confessed to security guards at the bus
Rojas was the 32nd convicted killer executed in
Texas this year and the 288th since the state restored the death
penalty in 1982. Convicted killer James Collier is scheduled to die
Dec. 11 in the final execution of the year in Texas. Thirteen are
already scheduled next year.
Man Who Killed Common-Law Wife and Brother
Executed in Texas
By Robert Anthony Phillips -
December 4, 2002
Huntsville, Texas - A man who murdered his common-law
wife and brother because he suspected they were having sex was
executed by lethal injection here Wednesday night, becoming the 32nd
condemned killer put to death in the state this year.
Leonard Rojas, 52, who several weeks ago said in
an interview that he had no regrets committing the murders, made no
last statement just before the lethal drugs began to flow into him.
He was pronounced dead at 6:17 p.m.
Michelle Lyons, a spokeswoman for the Texas
Department of Criminal Justice, said Rojas spent his last night and
morning reading a magazine and drawing. He requested a hearty last
meal of extra cripsy fried chicken, salad with Thousand Island
dressing, french toast, french fries, apple pie and two diet Cokes,
Although Rojas admitted the murders, his
execution was not without controversey. Earlier this week, the Texas
Defender Service, a nonprofit legal group which represents some
condemned prisoners on appeal, said in a report that Rojas's trip to
the execution chamber was greased by an incompetent and
inexperienced lawyer who did little to try to save him from the
The report stated that the lawyer assigned to his
trial and state habeas appeal was already on probation for
neglecting legal matters and had psychological problems. The lawyer
had also missed an important filing deadline for a federal appeal,
the TDS said, and failed to investigate Rojas' possible mental
illness.He had also never handled a capital murder case before. The
information on Rojas was contained in a report, which claimed that
bungling, incompetent and inexperienced lawyers are being appointed
by the Texas Criminal Court of Criminal Appeals to handle state
appeals from condemned prisoners.
The murders Rojas was executed for occurred in
1994. The victims were Jo Ann Reed and David Rojas. Prosecutors said
that Leonard Rojas, who had been previously convicted of drug
offenses in Nevada and California, shot the duo after Reed told him
she had found a new boyfriend and wanted him to move out. Leonard
Rojas reportedly gave police a videotaped statement and took them on
a tour of the mobile home to explain what happened, according to
Leonard Rojas said the trio had stayed up all
night using drugs and playing dominos in the Johnson County mobile
home. The next morning, he saw Reed come out of his brother's
bedroom. He asked her if she had been sleeping with him. She denied
it, reportedly laughing at him. However, later she told Leonard
Rojas that she wanted him to move out because she found a new
boyfriend. Leonard Rojas told police that got out a .32 caliber
handgun and shot Reed between the eyes. He then shot his brother
three times when he came out of the bathroom.
In interviews with reporters weeks before his
execution, Leonard Rojas said he didn't regret killing his brother
and Reed. He decided it was the best way for him to get even. "I'll
never regret it. Never." he said in the interview.
National Coalition to Abolish
the Death Penalty
Leonard Rojas (TX) - Dec. 4, 2002 - 7:00 CST,
The state of Texas is scheduled to execute
Leonard Rojas, a Hispanic man, Dec. 4 for the murders of JoAnn Reed,
his common-law wife, and David Rojas, his brother. Rojas allegedly
shot both victims on the afternoon of Dec. 27, 1994 after Reed told
him to move out because she had found another boyfriend.
Rojas turned himself in later that day and gave
police investigators both a written and a videotaped confession.
Like most death row inmates, Rojas could not afford to hire an
attorney, so the court appointed David K. Chapman to represent him.
This selection came despite the fact that the state bar had twice
disciplined Chapman by placing him on probation. The quality of
Rojas’ defense may or may not have ultimately determined his
sentence; in Texas, though, good counsel is critical considering the
absurdly high execution rate, and defendants have the right to
quality representation at trial.
Texas remains the national leader in executions,
and the state government’s attitude toward the death penalty only
further supports the abolitionist cause. In November, the state’s
arrogant approach to the death penalty required the U.S. Supreme
Court to intervene in order to prevent the execution of a mentally
ill man. Approximately a third of U.S. executions since 1976 have
taken place in Texas, and state officials continue to ignore obvious
warning signals concerning injustices plaguing the capital
This case, like so many others, reflects the
systematic flaw of economic discrimination: Rojas could not afford a
private lawyer, so now finds himself awaiting execution. Many states
would have Rojas in prison for life, but Texas – that bastion of
justice and defense of human rights – intends to carry out its 33rd
execution of the year on Dec. 4. Please write the state of Texas to
demand a stay for Leonard Rojas and a re-evaluation of the state’s
death penalty process.
Confessed Murdered Executed in Texas
By Pam Easton - Austin American-Statesman
December 4, 2002
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A man who confessed to
the 1994 shooting deaths of his common-law wife and his brother,
whom he suspected of having an affair, was executed Wednesday night.
Leonard Rojas, 52, gave no final statement before he was injected
with the lethal drugs.
Rojas said from death row last month that he had
no regrets about shooting 34-year-old Jo Ann Reed between the eyes
and then turning the gun on his 43-year-old brother David Rojas. The
elder Rojas, who was sentenced to death in 1996, had claimed his
wife and brother were having an affair and attempting to drug him to
death. Those claims never were proven, said Johnson County assistant
district attorney David Vernon. The slayings took place in the
mobile home the trio shared in Alvarado, near Forth Worth.
Rojas was the 32nd person executed in Texas this
In March 1997, the court appointed attorney David
K. Chapman to represent Death Row inmate Leonard Rojas, even though
the state bar had twice given Chapman probated suspensions sanctions
that allow the lawyer to continue practicing if he meets certain
requirements, such as paying restitution or getting help with an
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Attorney Castigated for Bungling Appeal
By James Kimberly - Houston Chronicle
Leonard Rojas is to be executed Wednesday for
murdering his wife and brother in a jealous rage eight years ago.
The Texas Defender Service says his case epitomizes the problems
with court-appointed attorneys in capital appeals.
The attorney appointed to represent Rojas, 52, of
Alvarado, filed a state habeas appeal that was woefully inadequate
and failed to preserve Rojas' right to file a habeas appeal in
federal court, the service said. "You hate to single anybody out,
but this case epitomizes the problems with appointments in habeas
appeals," said Gregory Wiercioch, an attorney with the service who
now represents Rojas. The attorney in question is David Chapman of
Fort Worth. He disputes the contention that his habeas appeal was
lacking, but he does concede he made mistakes. "I didn't make sure
it got into federal court. That's the thing I did not do," Chapman
Wiercioch said there are other things Chapman
didn't do. Wiercioch said the state habeas appeal is supposed to be
the place where issues not related to the trial are raised, things
like the competency of defense, the behavior of prosecutors. Such
evidence can be the difference between a death sentence or life in
prison, Wiercioch said.
Wiercioch has asked the Court of Criminal Appeals
to postpone Rojas' execution so that his case can be investigated.
The court had not responded to his request as of late Monday. The
Rojas case was Chapman's first capital habeas appeal, although he
did have extensive experience in criminal law as a prosecutor, a
clerk for the court of criminal appeals and as a defense attorney.
In a sworn affidavit filed with Rojas' request
for a stay of execution, Chapman said he prepared his state habeas
appeal after reading the trial record, speaking to one of Rojas'
trial attorneys and interviewing Rojas one time. Chapman conceded in
the affidavit he did not ask Rojas about his background or interview
Rojas' family or friends. Consequently, Chapman did not discover any
additional evidence that might have helped Rojas' case, Wiercioch
Also in the affidavit, Chapman concedes his law
license was under the cloud of two probated suspensions for failings
with other clients at the time of the appointment. Two weeks after
his appointment to the Rojas case, he received a third. Chapman said
his representation of Rojas was not as bad as current attorneys are
making it out to be. "I played a very bad hand as well as I could.
The facts of Mr. Rojas' case were extraordinarily incriminating,"
Chapman said. Rojas turned himself into police and gave three
confessions, Chapman said. "I did the best the job that I could,"