Halsey was convicted of sexually abusing, mutilating and murdering the children of a girlfriend he lived with at a Plainfield rooming house. The bodies of Tyrone, 8, and Tina Urquhart, 7, were found in the home's basement in November1985.
According to accounts of the trial, Tyrone had been smothered with a pillow and stabbed with scissors; Tina had been choked, sexually assaulted, and her skull fractured with a brick. The killer also drove four nails into Tyron's skull.
The bit about driving nails into little 8-year old Tyron's skull is important for reasons that will be clear in a moment.
At the time of the trial, all that could be determined was that the semen was of a consistent blood type with Halsey. Years later, with more sophisticated DNA testing, the evidence has been shown to belong to another individual, not Halsey. So, as the IP says, he must be innocent, right?
Not so fast.
Here are some other salient facts (from the New Jersey appellate opinion which ruled Halsey was not entitled to new DNA testing) about this case that the IP chose to simply ignore:
And lo and behold, forensic testing showed that "a substance found on the head of the nails removed from Tyrone was consistent with the components of the brick."
According to the proofs at defendant's trial, after defendant was told he failed the stipulated polygraph test he started talking "gibberish" and muttered: "work all week, get paid, want to go out, have to babysit for the kids, mother goes to bingo, left alone, no time to go out,"See footnote 44 and then said the following while in "a trance-like state":
Talking to Shy, kids making noise, told them to shut off, hung up the phone, told them to shut off, started beating them, Tyrone said he was going to call mommy. Grabbed them both by the throat, stop screaming, started saying, Tyrone, Tina, wake up, they didn't respond. Fuck up, you really fuck up now. Madman. Hid the
bodies, bring them downstairs, want speedy trial, needs help, get drunk, act crazy, have to piece things together, losing control, things got bad, committed a violent crime, Margaret please come home, can't come home. What are you all doing? All fucked up. Committed a crime, can't get rid of them, got all fucked up, can't call police. Thereafter, Miranda warnings were administered and defendant gave the following statement following waiver of his rights: I
hung up the phone and I started beating them. They said, "I am going to call mommy. Mommy will leave you, anyway she don't like you." They were both saying it. Started beating more. I don't know what happened, telling Tina I messed up. I beat them and grabbed them before they ran out of the house. I grabbed them by the throat one in each hand, I was squeezing them. There was no more life left in them . . . I sexually assaulted a seven year old girl. Where and how I can't remember . . . I can't recall if the basement door was unlocked or I used a key but I remember carrying the two children to the basement at one time. I walk out the basement, go to the side door and vomit. I say, oh man what did I do this time. I went back to my room. At this time my mind told me I didn't do nothing. Watching TV like nothing ever happened. I called Margaret . . . I ask her "where are the children?" And thereafter, defendant provided the following:
It is dark in one room. Now there is a red brick here. I accidentally hit her (Tina) with it. I ran out of the room, ran in the other room. I assumed that I didn't have nothing in my hands but I did. I hit Tyrone several times in the head with a brick. He was on the floor when I hit him. I hit Tyrone in the head several times. In
the basement I found some scissors and some nails and I left the nails in his forehead. I used the brick to put some nails in his forehead . . .
Now if Halsey did not leave behind any evidence of sexually assaulting the victims (and note that one can commit a crime like this without leaving trace evidence), and someone else's DNA was present, it by no means follows that Halsey is innocent.
What it means is that Halsey committed the murders, and there was someone else involved. Indeed, the DNA in question belongs to a convicted rapist who was a neighbor to Halsey and the victims and whom Halsey knew. This person, Cliff Hall, testified against Halsey, and certainly had ample reason to place all the blame on Halsey to cover his own involvement. Nevertheless, Hall's involvement with the crime does not lessen Halsey's own involvement.
I don't know if New Jersey can convict Halsey or intends to re-try him. Even if they don't, one thing is clear: Byron Halsey has by no means been proven innocent. At best, the fact that someone else was clearly involved in the sexual assault might exonerate him of the crime of sexual assault. The other evidence in the case still strongly points to his guilt in the murder of these children.
Yet the ludicrously self-labeled "Innocence Project" claims that the DNA alone proves Halsey's complete innocence of all charges.
As I've shown before, these guys are obviously more concerned with their own self-glorification and in their extremist anti-death penalty activism than in the facts or the truth.