My name is Paul A. Redd Jr. I am an African American prisoner from Oakland, California, who is serving seven years to life with the possibility of parole. In 1976 at the age of 19 years old I was indicted by a San Francisco Grand Jury and I was wrongfully convicted in the same year for the murder of a San Francisco local drug dealer. - This website is managed by outside supporters. Paul was held in the Pelican Bay State Prison SHU for many years. He is now in another facility.
My name is
Paul Redd Jr. I am an African American prisoner from Oakland, California, who
is serving seven years to life with the possibility of parole. In 1976 at the
age of 19 years old I was indicted by a San Francisco Grand Jury and I was
wrongfully convicted in the same year for the murder of a San Francisco local
drug dealer. I am truly sorry for the senseless loss of that young brother, who
was around the same age as me.
writing this introduction here to bring attention to my injustice and to ask
you all for help in raising funds to hire the attorney(s) that will vigorously
prepare my Writ of Habeas Corpus to overturn this false conviction and to vindicate
involved in my former lifestyle at the age of 12 ½ years old. I grew up down
the street from the major hangouts for pimps, hustlers, prostitutes and drug
dealing. These pimps-hustlers and players would come from all parts of the cities
and states to visit the California Hotel and the major strip for prostitutions known
as San Pablo Ave.
As a youth
I became fascinated and obsessed at this early age seeing these older
individuals in their expensive cars, custom-made Cadillacs, Bentleys and Rolls
Royces with their tailor-made suits, custom-made jewelry and the whole nine
yard. These individuals who were major big-time pimps and major drug dealers
welcomed me into their inner circle at that young age. I eventually began
pimping and later dealing in heroin and cocaine.
of 1975 I flew to Portland, Oregon, to visit a few friends as well as to drop
off a large amount of drugs. Unbeknown to me, someone was killed in San
Francisco. While in Portland, OR, I was arrested for questioning in this San
Francisco drug-related murder, which caught me by complete surprise.
arrest, Oregon authorities seized $150,000.00 worth of heroin and cocaine with
a street-value around 400,000. No drug charges were ever filed against me, nor
pending when I was taken to San Francisco.
extradition in order to return to San Francisco to clear my name in this murder
investigation that I wasn’t aware had happened. San Francisco authorities had
set my bail at $1,000.000.00 and I was shortly indicted by a Grand Jury. The
trial lasted four days and the Jury deliberated for about one hour. There was
no physical evidence, no murder weapon nor any forensic evidence to place me at
the crime scene.
conviction was based entirely on false material evidence, false perjury
testimony, prosecutor presented false material evidence and concealed
exculpatory evidence pointing to my innocence. They concealed police reports
and made secret deals with two prosecution witnesses who themselves were
charged with this murder in exchange for charges being dismissed or/and
reduced. They gave false testimony against me.
How did I
become a target and focus? Simple: Kelvin Davis was the only eyewitness to this
murder. He was the first to be arrested and was well aware all the evidence was
against him, including motive. Kelvin Davis had a lot of information to bargain with
by throwing this murder on someone like me.
Davis told law enforcement that I was a drug dealer and close friends with
major drug dealers. He told them that I went to Portland, Oregon. He took me to
the San Francisco airport knowing I was carrying a large amount of drugs. Yet
he never told authorities he drove me to the airport. However, he did tell
authorities he knew of several residents in the Bay Area where large sums of
money and drugs could be found. He told them I stayed and visited those
So when I
was arrested and those large amounts of drugs were found at my motel, and
Oakland Police Department obtained search warrants for other residents, finding
more drugs and large sums of money, I became the focus. Because detectives
thought by falsely charging me with murder, I would give up information about
drug activities throughout the bay Area in exchange for my freedom. I refused
to become an informant for anyone.
I do not
deny my former lifestyle I lived, nor that the victim lost his life over a drug
deal and that should not have happened. But I did not take this life nor was I
present at the crime scene.
I ask for
your help and support to have a fair hearing to show I was wrongfully
been in prison I have made many positive changes in my life and am determined
to reach youths and help to rebuild our communities.