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Accused murderer of activist David Lewis set free

Original post made on Feb 6, 2013

The man who confessed to gunning down well-known East Palo Alto community leader David Lewis was set free by the San Mateo County court Tuesday, Feb. 5. Gregory Leon Elarms Sr., 60, was released from jail three months after a San Mateo County Superior Court judge threw out first-degree murder charges against him after finding that San Mateo police violated his Miranda rights.

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Comments (4)

Posted by AMAZED, a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Feb 6, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Really? We are holding people in prisons for MARIJUANA, but kill someone and you get a get out of jail free card even though while IN JAIL you obviously were ready to kill other people?

David Lewis was doing GOOD WORK for the people of California after having been heavily involved in gangs. He was trying to take the power away from gangs by bringing truth to those who needed to hear it. Having met David Lewis, this is simply appalling, but just continues on the same trend of the insanity of guns and gun violence.

NO WAY any killer would have been released in other situations. This is the sort of person we SHOULD have in prisons since they are dangerous.

On a much lesser point, how many HOURS AND HOURS of court time was taken up and how many juror hours were wasted to arrive at this insane decision??


Posted by Elder, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 6, 2013 at 3:47 pm

No jurors. They had started selecting the jury in October but dropped the case, due to the violations b the police.

David Lewis was indeed a good man who turned his life around. A tragedy.


Posted by Glad he is free, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Feb 6, 2013 at 8:37 pm

I applaud the court for setting this man free. It should send a strong message to San Mateo Police who violated his rights and other police agencies in the county who think they can trample on anyone's rights.

Before everyone jumps on this and says what a bad person Greg Elarms is, let's remember he is innocent until proven guilty. If authorities can't make a case without trampling on his rights, then he deserves to be free.


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of another community
on Feb 9, 2013 at 11:14 am

He isn't innocent - he admitted the murder. While the right decision, it's appallingly sad. The police screwed up & are to be held accountable. What's being done about that??


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