Flashpoint: Leroy Evans' shot at justice; Cheyney gets a boost; Tynirah Borum Foundation

Flashpoint
December 01, 2019 - 8:30 am
This week's panel includes attorney Michael Malloy and Alice Evans.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This week on Flashpoint: Host and KYW Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about the case of Leroy Evans. The Chester man has spent nearly 40 years behind bars for the 1980 murder of Emily Leo aka "The Avon Lady." Evans' conviction rested on the sole testimony of witness and then, 16-year-old co-defendant Anthony Jones who implicated the 23-year-old Evans in the case.

Fast forward to 2016 when Jones recanted his case, providing Evans' lawyers with a detailed, signed statement of what really happened. Evans' supporters have asked the Delaware County District Attorney to re-open the case and to test DNA found at the scene in light of the new evidence, but that request has fallen on deaf ears until now. Delaware County District Attorney-elect Jack Stollsteimer made Evans' case a part of his campaign and has promised to review the case within his first 100 days of office. Attorney Michael Malloy, who represents Evans, joins Alice Evans, Leroy Evans' mother, on the show.

Cheyney University campus
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The newsmaker of the week is Cheyney University. This week, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education reaffirmed the 182-year-old historically Black college's accreditation. Once cash-strapped, Cheyney sat beneath a cloud of uncertainty and threat of closure as supporters fought to save the beloved institution. Under the leadership of President Aaron Walton, the university made a record turn-around. This August, the university announced that it had not only balanced its budget, but also reported its first surplus in eight years. Walton speaks about what some are calling the biggest "HBCU" news story of the decade. 

Related: Once cash-strapped, Cheyney University is saved and accreditation reaffirmed

The changemaker of the week is the Tynirah Borum Foundation. The non-profit was founded by Tamika Borum to honor her three-year-old daughter who was gunned down in South Philadelphia as she was getting her hair braided on a porch.  Borum started the organization to memorialize her daughter and it expanded. This year, they launched a toy drive and will be collecting unused toys

Tamika Borum
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