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11 Investigates: Guilty Without Proof

For 20 years, Wayne Braddy and Karl Willis have asserted their innocence in the murder of a 13-year-old boy. For the 1st time, their voices are being heard.

Brian Dugger

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Published: 8:42 AM EDT August 12, 2019
Updated: 1:15 PM EDT March 24, 2023

In the early morning hours of June 15, 1998, 13-year-old Maurice Purifie left his girlfriend's house on Toledo's West Woodruff Avenue.

Two hours before sunrise, it was dark, and the morning was made even darker with the cloudy skies obscuring the moonlight. The threat of rain hung in the air as Maurice headed west toward his home on Elmwood Avenue.

He did not make it. At roughly 4:30, two men discovered his body, lying dead in the middle of Horace Street, just yards from Forest Avenue. His shoeless feet faced toward the nearby Robinson Junior High School. His Converse tennis shoes were beside his body. His pockets were turned inside out, according to police reports reviewed by 11 Investigates. 

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Maurice Purifie, 13, was found shot to death on June 15, 1998. His body was found on Horace Street in Toledo, with four bullet holes in his head, one to his chest and a graze wound on his body.

When rescue crews arrived, their belief was that Maurice had been struck by a hit-and-run driver. When his body was rolled over, bullet holes could be seen in the back of his head.

He was returned to his back, detectives were called, and the murder scene was secured.

Watch the report, read this story, then weigh in on the poll at the end - Do you feel enough questions have been raised to warrant a new trial? 

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