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Everett Baily Malloy

 On the evening of July 21, 1983, William Smiddy, 25, was in a nightclub in Houston, Texas, and believed he saw a man take $20 from a waitress’s tray before exiting the club. Smiddy followed the man outside and a scuffle ensued, ending in the man shooting and killing Smiddy. Several witnesses to the shooting identified the shooter as 32-year-old Everett Baily Malloy. Malloy was quickly arrested for the killing.

Although he denied his guilt and presented alibi witnesses at trial, Malloy was convicted in February 1984, and sentenced to 15 years in prison by State District Judge George Walker.

The eyewitnesses who had identified Malloy as the killer had stated that he was with a woman at the time Smiddy was shot. Two months after Malloy’s conviction, this female companion’s identity was discovered. When police located her, she informed them that a different man – Joseph Franklin Shelton – and not Malloy, had killed Smiddy.

Following this discovery, Shelton was charged with the murder of Smiddy, and Malloy was released on bond and granted a new trial. The charges against Malloy were dismissed in June 1984.

– Meghan Barrett Cousino

Most Serious Crime:Murder
Reported Crime Date:1983
Sentence:15 years
Age at the date of crime:31
Contributing Factors:Mistaken Witness ID