Man Wrongly Accused of Robbing Mailman
UPDATE: Memphis police later told News Channel 3 that they were able to verify Dansberry was at 201 Poplar around noon the day of the robbery. But a spokesperson said they could not verify his location before noon and that they were not told about the bail bondsman until the preliminary hearing. The investigation is still ongoing.
(Memphis) A judge has dismissed charges against a 23-year-old man who was implicated as the getaway driver in the aggravated robbery of a mailman on Oct. 1st.
Delrico Dansberry spent almost two months in jail, even though he told police that at the time of the robbery, he was at 24-Hour Bail Bonds on Poplar Avenue. He then spent the rest of Oct. 1st at 201 Poplar, taking care of matters related to a charge of driving on a suspended license.
Still, the victim of the robbery chose Dansberry out of a photo line-up.
Dansberry’s family said his alibi would have been easy to check. Yet, none of this came to light until the preliminary hearing last week.
“If I did something, I’m a man who’ll take my charges. But I didn’t do it. You got the wrong man,” Dansberry said.
Dansberry has pleaded no contest to a couple of drug charges and misdemeanors in the past.
“That’s my past. I’m looking to the future,” he said.
This was his most serious charge. Investigators told Dansberry he could serve 25 years in jail for this aggravated robbery.
But a judge last week decided there was lack of evidence connecting Dansberry to the crime.
“It was impossible. I was like, how are you going to be in two places at one time?” said Calvin Richmond.
Richmond is Dansberry’s mother’s fiancé. He admits he’s the reason Dansberry got in trouble for driving on a suspended license, since he sent Dansberry out in the car.
Richmond is upset that no one seemed to check Dansberry’s alibi.
“It blew me out of the water,” he said. “Investigate. They never talked to the lawyer; they never talked to the bail bondsman. You just going to hold me?”
For two months, Dansberry said he read the Bible in jail and stayed strong.
“Stood my ground, kept my head up and smiled the whole way through. Stayed prayed up,” Dansberry said.
Now he said he has renewed determination to get his diploma from Messick Adult Center, and to continue going to work.
News Channel 3 asked Memphis police how this mix-up might have occurred. A spokesperson said she would look into the matter.
A spokesperson for the district attorney’s office said prosecutors are often seeing case information for the first time at preliminary hearings. He also said that the district attorney’s office is not an investigating agency and only works with the evidence provided them by law enforcement.