Name: Carol Bareis.
Died: June 17, 2004.
Age at death: 68.
Cause of death: Multiple murder.
Location: Orlando, Florida, USA.
Disability: Partial paralysis, wheelchair user.
The morning after Carol and her daughter Cheryl Williams had an argument with Carol’s granddaughter, their bodies were found in their trailer by a neighbor; they had been stabbed to death.
The neighbor, an undocumented immigrant, did not tell the police what he had seen. He eventually came under suspicion for murder and was convicted and sentenced. However, years later, Innocence Project advocates pushed for further review of the evidence. It turned out that Carol’s granddaughter had also left bloodstains at the crime scene–and had confessed to the crime. The initial conviction has been overturned and a new trial is planned.
Perpetrator: Samantha Lee Williams (Granddaughter); confessed to crime, under suspicion.
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