ONLY ON 3: Man convicted of wife's murder says he has evidence the jury never saw
A man serving 22 years for killing his ex-wife said he has evidence the jury never saw.
Adolphus Hollingsworth has been in prison since 2015 after a jury convicted him of second degree murder in the death of Victoria Carr Hollingsworth.
Prosecutors said Victoria was supposed to give Adolphus a ride to work the morning she went missing in 1997.
Her car somehow made it home, but she never did.
Adolphus reached out to Channel 3 with the reasons why he said he is innocent written in a 5-page letter.
Edward Greene, Jr. hopes this wheel will tell his cousin's story.
"He just needs to be able to tell his side of the story," he said, "It's the same tire that was on the 1988 Ford Mustang at the time."
It was 1997 when Victoria Carr Hollingsworth went missing.
Her remains were found buried on Billy Goat Hill two years later.
The case sat unsolved for 16 years until the TNT television series "Cold Justice" took it on, leading to the arrest and conviction of Victoria's ex-husband, Adolphus Hollingsworth.
He included hundreds of pages of documents he said proves he didn't get a fair trial.
"I want to let the public know that I did not kill Victoria Carr Hollingsworth," he said over the phone speaking to us from the state prison in Bledsoe County.
Hollingsworth said he planned out is defense with his public defender, Steven Brown, but the jury never heard it.
"So I was looking forward to my defense being put forth and basically be exonerated from charge. When it came time to put my defense on, the public defender stood up and said the defense rests," he added.
Hollingsworth said he was given the opportunity to take the stand but his attorney advised him not to testify.
Now he hopes a wheel he purchased will help convince a judge to hear him out.
It's the same kind of wheel that was on the 1988 Ford Mustang at the center of his case.
Detectives noted tire marks across his yard they claimed matched the car Victoria was driving when she went missing.
"[Hollingsworth] wants to show that the tire tracks that that vehicle made, the width of the tracks didn't match the width of the tire," Greene said.
Hollingsworth said the measurements from the tracks, shown in crime scene video provided to Channel 3 by Hollingsworth, doesn't match the width of the car either.
"We had already knew that Ford had never made a Mustang that's 5 foot 4 inches between the years 1979 and 1993," he said.
He also disputes evidence prosecutors presented involving a branch lodged between the bumper matched a bush in his yard.
"It actually shows this particular bush that this branch is supposed to come from, but it shows the bush green and alive. But what's wedged in the tail pipe is completely dead and withered up and the only hours of separation is three hours," Hollingsworth said.
Channel 3 reached out to Brown to find out why he didn't present any of this evidence during Hollingsworth's trial.
He couldn't comment because of the pending appeal but in a response to a complaint filed by Hollingsworth with the Board of Professional Responsibility, Brown wrote "the primary issue was identity" during the trial.
Brown wrote, "It was my opinion that the issue of identity had been adequately raised and presented to the jury."
Even with video, photographs and a diagram prepared by the defense, Brown wrote they "would have not added anything to the defense and issue of identity."
"Remember, it's the jury's responsibility to rule without a shadow of a doubt. If there's some doubt involved, then that means that there's something wrong," Greene said.
Now Greene is hoping a new set of eyes will bring this wheel of justice full circle.
A judge is expected to hear all of this during a post conviction hearing which is set for Friday.
Channel 3 will be inside the courtroom and will let you know what happens.
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