Murder convictions of two members of the “Buffalo Five” thrown out


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The murder convictions of two men, related to the 1976 death of William Crawford, have been thrown out.

John Walker, Jr. and Darryl Boyd had previously been convicted of killing Crawford. Judge Christopher Burns announced the decision on Wednesday morning.

Walker and Boyd were members of the “Buffalo Five.” When they were charged, they were 16 years old, and have since served their sentences.

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Walker spent 21 years in prison, while Boyd was there for 28.

“If it happened to John Walker and Darryl Boyd, it can happen to you,” said Walker. They were only 16 when they were arrested and then convicted of the murder of William Crawford in 1976. But with the help of attorney Paul Cambria they have convinced Judge Christopher Burns that there may have been crime scene photos that were not available to them at trial, but that may have been available at a codefendant’s trial. So their murder conviction is thrown out.

“People ask me all the time, what do you want back from them. they can’t give me back when I was 16 years old. They can’t give me that I keep asking myself, ‘What do you give somebody that you’ve taken everything from, I really don’t have no answer to that,” said Walker.

Erie County DA John Flynn does not plan to appeal or prompt a new trial. “I did all I could do to fight this and I lost, and you know sometimes, when you lose, you gotta be a big boy, recognize you lost and move on.”

Walker and Boyd said they also don’t want a new trial. They served their entire sentences already.

“We went through a tunnel prior to trial, but we’re great now. It paid off,” said Boyd. “I’ll probably go kiss a tree.”

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Read Wednesday’s entire ruling from Justice Burns below;

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