My name is Nancy Day, and I wanted to share with you my thoughts and impressions after my visit with Tyra:
I really had no idea what to expect from my first meeting with Tyra. After all, I was one of the people who convicted her of a crime she did not commit. After meeting her and talking with her, I am 110% MORE positive she is innocent of the crimes she was convicted of. The woman I met was kind, loving, honest and grateful. Grateful you may ask? Yes, grateful that there are people that want to help her and believe in her innocence. After all, she has been in prison for 19 years for something she did not do. That is enough to break anyone’s spirit and hope, but it has not broken Tyra’s. SHE was thankful to ME for wanting to help her. I do not lose site of the fact that a 15 year old girl lost her life that night and for her family, they will never get her back. I am sure everyone involved in the tragedy that happened that night wish they could go back and undo things that happened that night. The people responsible for the death of that 15 year old should be in prison, but Tyra Patterson was not one of them. There is a lot of evidence to prove she was not involved, we, the jury, just never heard it. As I walked out of the prison that day, I did not in the least regret my decision to go and see Tyra. What hit me hard later that night as I ate dinner with my boyfriend and sister at a restaurant and then went out and sat and listened to a free concert was the fact I had the freedom to do that. Tyra does not have that freedom and she should. You may ask, why do I care? I care because I was part of a justice system that I trusted at the time, and unbeknownst to me and the other jury members at that time robbed us of the facts in her case. We did our civic duty but where was the duty of the justice system to make sure they had the right person on trial? To make sure she got a fair trial and all the evidence was presented? To not make assumptions about what the people on the jury may think or not think. I can think for myself, thank you very much. I think about how this could have happened to someone I love and how I would feel if there were people that could possibly help undo an injustice that had happened to them. Could you live with yourself, knowing that maybe, just maybe, there was something you could do to help, but did nothing? Maybe some people can, but I am not one of those people. I ask everyone reading this to PLEASE spread the petition. We need as many signature as possible. I would like to think deep down that it should be easy for people to read everything that pertains to this case and make the right decision to free Tyra but I am a realist and know it’s not that simple. To many “other” things get in the way. I look forward to visiting with Tyra again.
Here is the link to the petition – http://www.change.org/justicefortyra
Thank you for visiting this site and taking the time to read about Tyra’s case,