"SYLVESTOR WILLIAMS"

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SYLVESTER "CHIP" WILLIAMS

     On Friday, August 27, 1982, Sylvester (Chip) Williams was interviewed by investigating police regarding the shooting the prior day inside of the courtyard of the Richard Allen Homes Projects.

    "Sylvester (Chip) Williams statement and trial testimony on March 23, 1983 was that:

     On Wednesday, August 25, 1982, he (Sylvester 'Chip' Williams), robbed one "Ernest 'Fat Ernie' Wright" of his drug proceeds and informed "Ernest 'Fat Ernie' Wright" that he could not sell drugs inside of the Richard Allen Homes Projects. (Note: Sylvester 'Chip' Williams was not a community activist). That later that day, he encountered "Isaiah 'Button' Givens" who informed him that he needed not to worry about any reappraisals from he or his co-defendants based upon his robbing "Ernest 'Fat Ernie' Wright".

     That during the evening of August 26, 1982, while he was lounging about in the courtyard of Richard Allen Homes Projects, "Isaiah 'Button' Givens" and two (2) other males appeared in said courtyard, withdrew handguns from their waist and began shooting at him. That he in turn, ran into a crowd of people for cover."

     Sylvester 'Chip' Williams was the only witness for the prosecution who placed "Isaiah 'Button' Givens" and his two (2) co-defendants together in concert participating in the shooting.

     On November 22, 1982, at a pre-trial hearing before the Honorable Paul Ribner, Judge of the Common Pleas Court of Philadelphia County, "Isaiah 'Button' Givens" attorney, at that time, made a general request before said Judge, of any and all information from the Prosecutor regarding ay deals that the prosecutor may have conducted with its chief witness "Sylvester 'Chip' Williams", regarding his (2) open gun charges which were pending against him, for his testimony at "Isaiah 'Button' Givens" upcoming trial. (See: Notes of Testimony of November 22, 1982-Pages 3-26, from the Philadelphia Clerk of Quarter Sessions Under the Right to Know Act).

     The prosecutor avaerred emphatically that there was no deal for "Sylvester 'Chip' Williams" testimony at the up-coming trial of "Isaiah 'Button' Givens" and none was expected. (See: Notes of Testimony of November 22, 1982 at Page 26).

     On November 22, 1982, the Honorable Paul Ribner, Judge of the Common Pleas Court of Philadelphia ruled that, "If it turns out during cross-examination of "Sylvester 'Chip' Williams" that there was a deal, I hereby rule that the evidence shall be excluded from trial." Judge Ribner further ruled that, "The evidence propounded by the witness (Sylvester 'Chip' Williams) in-chief will be excluded from the trial". (See: Notes of Testimony of November 22, 1982 at Pages 26-39)

     On March 23, 1983, during the trial of "Isaiah 'Button' Givens" and after the direct testimony of the prosecutions chief witness "Sylvester 'Chip' Williams", Assistant District Attorney Roger E. King advised the trial judge, the late Honorable Latrone, at a sidebar, "that there was a deal and that he wished he had brought it out during direct examination of "Sylvester 'Chip' Williams" and requested permission of the trial court to re-open direct examination of "Sylvester 'Chip' Williams" direct examination, which the trial court denied the request of Assistant District Attorney Roger E. King. (Notes of Trial Testimony of March 23, 1983 at Pages 660-663)

     During cross examination of "Sylvester 'Chip' Williams" by "Isaiah 'Button' Givens" co-defendant trial attorney, "Sylvester 'Chip' Williams" denied there was any deal for his trial testimony before the jury, unless there was one he knew nothing of negotiated by his public defender. (See: Notes of Trial Testimony of March 23, 1983 at Pages 706-708)

     Even during re-direct, by Assistant District Attorney Roger E. King, "Sylvester 'Chip' Williams" continued to deny that his trial testimony against "Isaiah 'Button' Givens" was a product of a deal regarding his two (2) open gun charges which were pending against him at the time of his testimony at trial. (See: Notes of Trial Testimony of March 24, 1983 & March 25, 1983 at Pages 879-881).

     At another sidebar conference inside the judge's chambers, Assistant District Attorney Roger E. King averred that the deal for "Sylvester 'Chip' Williams" trial testimony was contingent upon "Sylvester 'Chip' Williams" pleading guilty to the two (2) open gun cases which were pending, and since he had not pleaded guilty as of his testimony at the trial of "Isaiah 'Button' Givens", there was no deal. (See: Notes of Trial Testimony of April 18, 1983 & April 19, 1983 at Page 3040)

     On April 18, 1983, the trial attorney for "Isaiah 'Button' Givens" attempted to put Assistant District Attorney Roger E. King on the stand before the jury, to take testimony from him in regards to any deal pending for the trial testimony of "Sylvester 'Chip' Williams" at the trial of "Isaiah 'Button' Givens", which was denied by the trial court judge.  Instead, Assistant District Attorney Joseph C. Murray, then Chief of the Homicide Division of the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, testified that, "He received a telephone call on November 24, 1982 (two days after the November 22, pre-trial hearing before Judge Paul Ribner) from the prosecution Chief witness "Sylvester 'Chip' Williams" Public Defender, Laura Webster, Esquire., and the agreement that was reached in regards to "Sylvester 'Chip' Williams" testimony at "Isaiah 'Button' Givens" trial was that, "If "Sylvester 'Chip' Williams" pleaded guilty to both gun charges, the prosecutor would at sentencing, leave the sentencing up to the judge, but would inform the judge of Mr. Williams cooperation at the trial of "Isaiah 'Button' Givens". (See: Notes of Trial Testimony of April 18, 1983 at Pages 3157-3158 * Exhibit 3-A-Philadelphia Inquirer Newspaper Article dated April 19, 1983, page 3-B & Philadelphia Daily News Newspaper article dated Tuesday, April 19, 1983 on Page 52).

     During closing aguments to the jury, "Isaiah 'Button' Givens" trial attorney spoke of a deal as though one existed to the jury regarding "Sylvester 'Chip' Williams" trial testimony. Assistant District Attorney Roger E. King objected vexatiously on the basis of Assistant District Attorney Joseph C. Murray trial testimony denying a deal, and the objection was sustained by the trial court judge and cautionary instructions given to the jury to disregard the trial attorney comments last statement regarding a deal. (See: Notes of Trial Testimony of May 12, 1983 at Page 5472)

     However, during Assistant District Attorney Roger E. King's closing argument to the jury, he averred, "I don't apologize for any witness, not even Sylvester 'Chip' Williams. Some deal--for county time--we gave him." (See Notes of Trial Testimony of May 16, 1983 at Page 5824)

    Nevertheless, on July 11, 1988, at or about 8:57 a.m., while home on a four (4) day furlough from the State Correctional Institution at Dallas, where he was serving a five (5) to ten (10) year sentence after pleading guilty to third degree (3rd) murder in the 1981 New Year's Eve slaying of thirty-six (36) year old "Linwood Rivers" inside the courtyard of Richard Allen Homes Projects, "Sylvester 'Chip' Williams" was shot eight (8) to ten (10) times in the 800 block of north Hutchinson Place, inside of the courtyard of Richard Allen Homes Projects. He was taken to the James. C. Giuffre Medical Center, where he died a short time later at age thirty-seven (37). It was the third (3rd) day of his four (4) day furlough.

     After recently reading old newspaper articles, it was discovered in a Philadelphia Inquirer Newspaper Article dated July 12, 1988, on Page 4B, written by Inquirer Staff Writer "Maida Odom" regarding the death of "Sylvester 'Chip' Williams", it states within said newspaper article as follows:

     "In addition to his murder sentence, Williams (Sylvester 'Chip' Williams) previously had been convicted of a weapons charge, the (Philadelphia) District Attorney's Office said.

     He was arrested on two other weapons charges that were not prosecuted....." (See: Exhibit 3-C Philadelphia Inquirer Newspaper Article Dated July 12, 1988 on Page 4B, "DEATH FINALLY FINDS ITS MAN IN THE PROJECTS".)

     It seems known that we have learned that, "Sylvester 'Chip' Williams" was the puppet of Assistant District Attorney Roger E. King, who pulled his strings by any means necessary to have "Sylvester 'Chip' Williams" to testify and say whatever Assistant District Attorney Roger E. King wanted him to say, as long as he was allowed to carry guns on the streets of Philadephia and have his open gun cases not even come up for trial. At the time of "Isaiah 'Button' Givens" trial, "Sylvester 'Chip' Williams" had two (2) separate pending gun charges in which he was not convicted of. He was convicted of "a weapons (gun) charge". The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office never prosecuted him on two (2) weapon charges?

     This information does nothing more than strengthens the unequivocal innocence of "Isaiah 'Button' Givens", because "Sylvester 'Chip' Williams" never testified for the truth to be told, he testified to be able to carry guns, get arrested and never be prosecuted for carrying unlicensed guns.

     If anyone knows the whereabouts of the once Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer "Maida Odom", please ask her to contact us at:   ig_buttons@live.com because she is a witness to an innocent man who has been falsely accused and unjustly convicted, who has been sitting in jail for over two (2) decades, based upon lies and self-greed of others.

     It should also be noted that, by "Sylvester 'Chip' Williams" own admittance, he robbed a citizen of the Commonwealth, and the Commonwealth could have charged him with felony robbery by his own admittance, but they didn't. We wonder why? Also, the Commonwealth could have charged him with "Risking a Catastrophe" by his own admittance of robbing someone, and then when the shooters were shooting at him, he ran into a crowd of people to use then as human shields. He wasn't charged as such. We wonder why?

     Assistant District Attorney Roger E. King never produced "Ernest 'Fat Ernie' Wright" to say that he was robbed of anything, and there is no one else who can collaborate "Sylvester 'Chip' Williams" story of ever robbing "Ernest 'Fat Ernie' Wright" of any drug proceeds. Who witnessed such in a courtyard usually packed with hundreds of people on a daily basis day and night?

     Lastly,"Ernest 'Fat Ernie' Wright" appeared a few years ago at "Isaiah 'Button' Givens" co-defendant Post Conviction Collateral Relief Act Evidentiary Hearing, in which Assistant District Attorney Roger E. King presided over for the prosecution. Mr. Wright informed the court that he had never been robbed by "Sylvester 'Chip' Williams" ever. That they were good friends and used to sing together for a neighborhood singing group called the "Poor Boys". That at the time in which this incident is alleged, he was living down south and knew nothing about it until he had recently moved back to Philadelphia and had learned of such then.

     "Isaiah 'Button' Givens" is truly "Guilty of Being Innocent".