OSWEGO, NY – A defense lawyer says she has evidence that will exonorate Gary Thibodeau.
Thibodeau was convicted nearly 20 years ago for kidnapping and killing Heidi Allen.
According to the attorney, a witness came forward and claims three other men abducted the 18-year-old from a New Haven convenience store.
Oswego County District Attorney Greg Oakes released a statement regarding the case, saying, “No evidence was presented or discovered to make us believe Gary Thibodeau was wrongfully convicted. If I had evidence showing Gary Thibodeau is innocent, I personally would move to vacate his conviction. No such evidence exists though.”
Meanwhile, Heidi’s family is asking for some privacy as they sort through this recent development.
“I would like to thank you all (media) for reaching out to the family for a statement in light of Syracuse.com’s recent multitude of articles. Since the family only learned these articles were being published less than ten minutes from the time the first ran, we are still processing the information,” said Heidi’s sister, Lisa Buske.
“With yet another article being released today (July 25), we understand the media wants to know and would like a statement. Yet, with the exception of the one my parents shared with Channel 9, we are waiting until next week so we can process all that is happening,” she continued.
She asked that everyone her parents’ need and request of privacy “during this difficult time of information being shared via Internet and print news.”
“It’s a lot to process. We hurt for Heidi’s friends and our community as they are dragged through this yet again, too,” Buske said. “Our goal is the same today as it was on Easter Sunday, 1994, 20 years ago…to find Heidi! Thank you for always remembering Heidi and your continued support.”
The family appreciates the support, yet at this time, time and privacy are a necessary blessing, she added.