7 Facts to Know About India Spellman's Case

UPCOMING HEARING INFO

December 14, 2021 – Court hearing

On February 20, 2013, a Philadelphia court found India Spellman guilty of second-degree murder, robbery, conspiracy, and violations of the Uniform Firearms Act. Her sentence? 30 years to life in a state prison. She was 17 years old at the time of her arrest and a standout high school basketball player. She had never previously been in trouble with the law. 

 

This is a wrongful conviction case—a particularly egregious one—based on the fabricated testimony of a 14-year-old child, police misconduct, and an inept and ill-prepared defense lawyer. This case involves two crimes—a robbery and a botched robbery murder—that occurred within an hour of one another on an August afternoon in 2010. India was not present at either crime scene. She did not witness the crimes. She had no prior knowledge that the crimes were to take place. She did not even hear about the crimes until days later when Philly police entered her family’s home with guns drawn. 

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