Author Melinda Robertson’s son was in his third year of college when he was falsely accused of stabbing a fellow student to death during a brawl on the campus of a prominent HBCU. He was taken to trial for murder, with no DNA evidence linking him to the crime, and found not guilty. However, during the trial, the judge added an accessory after the fact charge that wasn't part of the original indictment, and the jury found him guilty. Since he was a college student and had no priors, the pre-sentence investigator recommended probation, but the judge gave him the maximum ten-year sentence. In Robertson's three-year fight for justice, she wrote "The AboveGround Railroad," numerous letters to elected officials and created online petitions to bring awareness to the unfair and unjust sentence her son was given for a non-violent offense.
In June 2018 the Court of Special Appeals overturned the conviction, but the State challenged the ruling. On January 7, 2019, his case was argued before the Court of Appeals and on April 2, 2019 they sided with the original ruling overturning his conviction a second time.
On June 11, 2019, Robertson's son was released on a $50,000 bond and his case sent back to pre-trial, where he has to report once a week until his October 28, 2019 court date. A month after his release, his attorney was informed that the State planned to charge him with conspiracy to murder, disregarding the three years he served for a conviction overturned twice. The State's blatant abuse of power compelled Robertson' to start Black Mother's 4 Justice to provide a support system for other mothers.
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