Family friend starts petition to free Bobbie Morman

Posted at 7:32 PM, Feb 25, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-25 19:36:03-05

A family friend of Bobbie Morman, Jr. is taking action to ask the Virginia governor to pardon him.

"A signature is very powerful," said Diana Caramat, who created the petition "Pardon an innocent man: Bobbie Morman, Jr."

Morman has served 21 years of a 48-year-long prison sentence on aggravated malicious wounding charges from 1993.  However, as an exclusive NewsChannel 3 investigation explained, another man admitted to the drive-by shooting from the beginning.

"Time and time I admit it," said Glenn "Geno" Payne.  "He wasn`t even there."

No one was killed or hurt in the Norfolk shooting.  Three people, who were known enemies of Bobbie Morman's, testified he was the shooter.

Even though Payne confessed to the shooting at Morman's trial, the jury still convicted Morman and Judge Jerome James sentenced him to 48 years in prison.

"I`ve been locked up 21 years August 5th for something I didn`t even do at all," Morman said from Wallen Ridge State Prison.

"If you look at the facts, it's just not right," said Caramat.

Caramat said she is hoping to get several more signatures before sending it to Governor Terry McAuliffe.

"The end goal is always to try to get Bobbie out," Caramat said.