He took the Fifth Amendment on the
stand in court and depositions
by Marty Carlson
Former Chicago police detective Reynaldo Guevera is accused of framing at least 51 people of murder. A group of relatives of some of the falsely accused stated that no officials, not the state attorney’s office, nor the mayor’s office, want to take up their cause. The women went in search of justice themselves and there is continuing court hearings on some of the convicted defendants especially in Guevera’s most dubious case, the Roberto Almodovar.
Some of these accusations go back several years including one in December 2013. Where a civil suit ended up in depositions against the city of Chicago and this officer.
The attorneys asked the former detective if it was true that he intentionally framed Jacques Rivera for a murder that he did not commit. The former officers response was “on the advice of my attorney assert my Fifth Amendment rights”
for the next 8 ½ hours civil rights lawyers went to the name of dozens of people have been accused by the detective of beating them in the confessions, manipulating witnesses, or just plain lying to frame them murder they didn’t commit.
Four 8 ½ hours is response never changed, taking the Fifth Amendment.
In the Almodovar case, which occurred in 1994, initial reports from officers had indicated no clear motive, no suspects and no solid leads. But Guevera was a go to guy in the department to close cases. He was always able to find the witnesses and get confessions that other cops could not.
Guevera knew the streets that he patrolled better than any of his colleagues in the department that were on the elite gang crimes unit. In the 1980s people in the neighborhood began complaining of Guevera’s conduct. In 1985 the parents of two teenage girls, both honor students, sued the city claiming Guevera had blasted into their home pulled the girls around by their hair, slap them, and toward one of the arms so hard the bone broke. He was also accused at one time of putting a gun to the head of a man’s dog get some answers to questions. He was also well known for using the term “nigger.”
When he was promoted he had the supervisor by the name of Dorsch that was also accused of manipulating identifications in testimony. It’s a claim where people said that the witnesses are supposed to lead police to a suspect and not the other way around. At one point Dorsch had admitted to the type of interrogation to the media.
In September 1994 and 18-year-old woman, Amy Merks, was killed in Chicago being shot in the back of their friends of hers in the area at the time were also shot one fatally.
Eventually, Roberto Almodovar was arrested and convicted for the crime after the detective was put on the case. Almodovar had no previous arrest history.
After such serving 23 years in prison, José Montanez and Armando Serrano were recently released from prison. The Illinois appellate court found alarming acts of misconduct in the murder probe.
They had been wrongly convicted of murder and in court filings they claim they were framed by former police detective Guevera.
In addition, investigators had found 10 others who claim in court filings they were railroaded by Guevera. Noted to was Guevera had retired in 2005.
Attorney Jennifer Bonjean represents four of the 10 accused.
She states that she knows there are many more innocent people sitting in prison because of Guevara.
The misconduct allegations have caused Chicago city taxpayers nearly $21 million, and that is a figure attorneys expect to go exceedingly higher in the near future.
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