8 On Your Side is getting results. Friday, we learned investigators within the 9th Judicial, State Attorney’s Office are reviewing the case of Tommy Zeigler, a man who has been on Florida’s death row for 42 years.
Two months ago, we spoke with Zeigler, who vowed he will go to his grave claiming his innocence.
Friday’s news is a major development.
“They got a conviction,” said Zeigler. “And here I am stuck.”
The rush to judgment that sent Zeigler to death row in 1976 may finally be corrected after more than four decades.
“I didn’t do it. Look at the evidence,” said Zeigler.
On Christmas Eve in 1975, Zeigler called for help from his furniture store in Winter Garden.
He was shot. Four others, including his wife, were murdered.
Investigators zeroed in on Zeigler, never bothering to look for anyone else.
Several months ago, Zeigler’s attorneys sent documents to State Attorney Aramis Ayala’s office, after she formed a new conviction integrity unit designed to look at old cases with irregularities.
As we have reported time and again, the Zeigler case is full of them.
We spoke with Zeigler’s long time attorney, Terry Hadley.
He can’t show 8 On Your Side the documents presented to the state attorney for review. At least not yet.
But he did say they make a strong argument for new DNA testing that would prove once and for all whether Tommy Zeigler committed the crimes that sent him to death row.