I recently became aware of Paul’s case through a friend on Facebook. I feel this case is much deserving of national attention/awareness.
On November 27, 2005, 25-year-old Paul Vincent Cortez endured an unthinkable devastation: his on again off again girlfriend, Catherine Woods, was found gruesomely murdered in her Upper East Side Manhattan apartment.
The next morning, Paul’s mother delivered this crippling news to him at work. In the midst of his devastation and grief, Paul made his way down to the police station in an attempt to find answers as well as assist in any way that he could. Desperate for police to find Catherine’s killer and hoping that even the smallest detail might prove illuminating, Paul freely opened himself to six hours of interrogation. The police continued to sweep the apartment, but no relevant DNA, surveillance videos, or any other illuminating evidence surfaced.
Perhaps this would have been different if they chose to test the blond hairs found in Catherine’s hand at the murder scene, or the DNA found under her fingernails. Despite his candor, because of his close relationship with Catherine, Police informed Paul that he was one of two prime suspects: the other being Catherine’s ex-boyfriend and roommate David. Certain that his innocence would inevitably clear him in the investigation, Paul continued to cooperate with police without legal representation. He endured hours of intense interrogation, allowed his hands and body to be photographed, volunteered his DNA, handed over his cell phone, and permitted the police to search his apartment without a warrant.
Imagine your brother, your son, your father, your husband, your friend condemned to an 8×6 cell for a murder he did not commit- would you walk away?
to read more about the case and to view Paul’s awesome artwork, click here: