Loved Ones Of Ex-Marine Convicted Of Murder Fight To Clear His Name

The family of an Iraq war veteran is asking retired detective Chris Anderson and criminal defense attorney Fatima Silva of Reasonable Doubt to re-examine Tim Wright Jr.’s 2008 murder conviction.

August 03, 2021
Timothy Wright Jr. [screenshot via Innocence For Tim website]

Timothy Wright Jr. [screenshot via Innocence For Tim website]

Timothy Wright Jr. [screenshot via Innocence For Tim website]

Tim Wright Jr., was just 21 years old on May 3, 2008, when he reportedly went to a Virginia park and found his girlfriend, Nicole Turpin, with 19-year-old Justin Baumgardner. Twenty-five-year-old Jason Davis, was reportedly in the pickup truck Wright was driving.

The next morning, Baumgardner’s body was found shot to death in his pickup truck in the driveway of a home not far from the Amherst County park.

With the help of Davis, who said he’d been abducted by Wright and forced to ride along for the shooting, police began to believe that murder was the result of a love triangle, and they arrested Wright just two days after the murder.

There was just one conflict: Davis was the son of an Amherst County sheriff’s deputy.

Was it a small-town cover-up?

Davis initially told police that Wright pursued Baumgardner out of the park and down the road before allegedly firing several shots at Baumgardner’s vehicle.

Wright, who was convicted of Baumgardner’s murder in December 2008 and sentenced to 67 years in prison without the possibility of parole, has maintained his innocence throughout the appeals process and has attracted the attention of several organizations that work to free wrongly convicted inmates.

There is also a website dedicated to advocating for Wright’s freedom with documentation from pre-trial media coverage as well as court documents from his case winding through the legal system.

The News and Advance reported in 2008 that thegun allegedly used to kill Baumgardner actually belonged to Davis, though Davis had claimed the gun was stolen.

One of the organizations that work on behalf of wrongly convicted inmates is Georgetown University’s Prisons and Justice Initiative. Students put together an 8-minute documentary about evidence that they say doesn't add up.

Shell casings were found around Baumgardner’s truck. Those shell casings allegedly had Davis’s fingerprints—not Wright’s—on them, according to the documentary.

There are also discrepancies with Davis’s version of events according to a crime scene reconstruction expert quoted in the video. Bullet trajectory through Baumgardner’s truck did not match the story Davis told authorities.

“What is alleged to have occurred cannot have occurred, and that means the testimony on which he (Wright) was convicted is faulty,” Knox said.

Will Chris and Fatima come to the same conclusion? See them dive into Wright’s case in Season 4 Episode 4 of Reasonable Doubt.

Next Up

‘I Was Sitting There Defending A Guilty Person’: Woman Receives Devastating Package From Incarcerated Partner

“I thought, I’ve got to fix this, I’ve got to make it right. They’ve got the wrong person.”

True Crime News Roundup: Newlywed Couple Fatally Shot, Groom’s Missing Brother ‘Considered Endangered’

Plus: College cult-leader dad found guilty of sex trafficking; trial begins for romance novelist accused of murdering husband; prosecutors decline to press charges in Amir Locke shooting; rapper Tory Lanez accused of violating protective order.

Family Demands Justice After Deputy Fatally Shoots Unarmed Teenager During Routine Traffic Stop

‘This is happening all across the country and this is happening too close to home for us,’ says the uncle of Hunter Brittain.

Man Fatally Shoots Brother Shortly After Release From Prison For Previous Attack

A 29-year-old Florida man free on parole is now facing murder charges after killing his 19-year-old brother, according to police.

Missing Ohio Woman Found Buried In Backyard, Boyfriend Turns Himself In

23-year-old Adrianna Taylor was reported missing on Nov. 13, 2022. Her body was found 11 days later on Thanksgiving night.

True Crime News Roundup: Texas Man Accused of Kidnapping and Torturing Woman He Met On Dating App

Plus: Utah family of 8 found fatally shot in murder-suicide; Probable cause affidavit released for University of Idaho murder case.

Migos Rapper Takeoff Dead After Houston Shooting

In the early morning hours of Nov. 1, 2022, the 28-year-old rapper was shot and killed outside a bowling alley in Texas.

Mother-Of-Four Shot Dead After Ex-Husband Hires Brother To Kill Her, FBI Says

The siblings are both in custody over four years after elementary school teacher Sara Starr was found dead in her driveway.

Woman Says She Wishes Her Convicted Killer Sister Received The Death Penalty

“If my sister were to come after me in revenge, I would not hesitate in pulling a trigger against her," said Cindy Blust, as she prepares for her sister's release.

Missing and Murdered: Can You Help Police Solve 4 Mysterious Deaths In This Small Kentucky Town?

It started with the ambushed police officer, and then there was the double murder of a mother and her teenage daughter. A young woman in the prime of her life disappeared, and her father was later shot dead on his property after a year of searching for his missing daughter. It all happened within just a few square miles along Kentucky’s Bluegrass Parkway. What is going on in Bardstown?