WELCOME TO THE HOME PAGE OF THE WEBSITE DEDICATED TO TRUTH, AND JUSTICE FOR CHAD EVANS, WHO WAS WRONGLY CONVICTED IN NEW HAMPSHIRE IN 2001 OF SECOND-DEGREE MURDER OF 21 MONTH-OLD KASSIDY BORTNER.(SEE SUMMARY OF CASE.)
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3. See and contribute to Chad on YouTube: FREE CHAD CHANNEL.
On this Page:
New material on site
Introduction to the case - key documents
Mission, Goals, Methods and Beliefs & Assumptions
New material on site:
30 April 2013. Chad Letter to the Editor published in Keene Sentinel. See "Links to Articles - Chad Evans post 2002 Sentencing"
27 April 2013. Bill to Increase compensation to wrongly convicted fails to pass in New Hampshire Legislature. See "Latest News."
17 April 2013. Poem by Zoee Clark about Chad Evans. See "Students Write About Chad Evans"
12 April 2013. Keene Sentinel publishes editorial in support of compensation settlement for the Central Park Five. Morrison Bonpasse posted online comment to editorial re: Chad Evans. See "Links to Articles - Wrongful Convictions, National"
12 April 2013. Chad's cellmate was transferred on April 2nd and left a note for Chad, who then forwarded it to his father as a birthday present. See "Latest News."
6 April 2013. Ray Santana, a member of the "Central Park Five," asked the audience of 900 at the showing of the movie in Keene to consider the wrongful conviction case of Chad Evans. See "Latest News."
3 April 2013. National Registry of Exonerations issues UPDATE report, which states that prosecutors and Attorneys General cooperated or assisted in 54% of last year's 63 exonerations. When Chad Evans is exonerated, will New Hampshire be considered as "cooperating or assisting" or will it continue to oppose Chad's quest for truth and justice, beginning with opposing his request for a second polygraph? See "Links to Articles - Wrongful Convictions, National"
20 March 2013. The Chad Evans case was discussed in a 90 minute Radio Blog Program, "The Other Side of Justice," with Vincent Hill. See "Latest News."
7 January 2013. The Chad Evans Wrongly Convicted Committee has written three letters to the new New Hampshire Governor, Maggie Hassan. See "Latest News."
18 December 2012. New Hampshire Commissioner of Corrections William Wrenn affirmed the denial of Chad Evans's request to schedule a second polygraph. See "Latest News."
30 November 2012. NH State Prison Warden Richard Gerry declines to permit Chad to take a second polygraph exam and Sr. Asst. Attorney General Jeffery Strelzin supports that refusal. See "Latest News"
5 November 2012. A Statement Analysis specialist, Peter Hyatt, has begun analyzing the Chad Evans case. See Links to Articles - Post Chad 2002 sentencing.
24 October 2012. PBS program about one exoneree and two jurors' efforts to help him get compensated. See Links to Articles - Wrongful Convictions, National.
16 October 2012. The links in "Latest News" to the four "Around Town" interviews with Rep. Dick Patten and members of the Chad Evans Wrongly Convicted Committee are now in place. See the entries for August 31, 2011 and June 22, 2012, and view and listen, and comment at "Online Comments."
14 October 2012. Posting of transcript for Chad's April 30, 2012 polygraph exam. See "Latest News."
12 October 2012. Posting of New York Law School Law Review article, "Models of Justice to Protect Innocent Persons" re: Conviction Integrity Units and other systemic cures for a system which has produced too many wrongful convictions. See Links to Articles - Wrongful Convictions, National.
12 October 2012. Posting of article, ''Seeking Second Chances Without DNA" re: exonerations of non-DNA cases. See Links to Articles - Wrongful Convictions, National.
6 October 2012. Posting of the July 31 evaluation by the NH State Police of the April 30 polygraph of Chad. See "Latest News."
3 October 2012. Posting of August 21 letter from Sr. Asst. Attorney General Jeffrey Strelzin to Chad, in response to Chad's request for a re-investigation. Chad's Sept. 25 response is also posted. See "Latest News."
27 September 2012. Keene Sentinel carries front page advertisement (and closeup) for upcoming six showings of Dick Patten shows about Chad Evans on Cheshire TV. See "Coming Events" or "Latest News" or linked Program Schedule.
26 September 2012. Cheshire TV, the Community Television system for Cheshire County, NH (including Keene), will show the Dick Patten interviews about the Chad Evans case next week, 9/30 through 10/6. See "Coming Events" or "Latest News" or linked Program Schedule.
21 September 2012 Exoneration of Roger Leveille of Nashua from 5-10 year prison term for assault. See Links to Articles - Wrongful Convictions, National.
3 September 2012. Darrel Parker of Nebraska is awarded $500,000 for his wrongful conviction in 1957 for murdering his wife. The Neb. Atty General decided that compensation was what should be done. See Links to Articles - Wrongful Convictions, National.
Introduction to the case - key documents
Several key documents for understanding the case are presented and linked below are recommended, and for a quick introduction to Chad Evans' case.
1. Summary of the Chad Evans case (based on what was formerly the
"under construction" page) (2 pages) (Rev. 7/12). See also Chad's
a summary of his case.
2. How Chad Evans was wrongly convicted (2 pages) (Rev. 10/11)
3. The REPORT of the Voice Stress Analysis lie detector test. The report
concluded, "After analyzing all of the circumstances and the test results, it
was concluded that Mr. Evans was a cooperative, sincere individual who
eagerly submitted to VSA testing which revealed No Deception Indicated (NDI)
on his part." See Chad's QUESTIONS AND CHAD'S ACTUAL ANSWERS "No"
to the examiner's questions. See also PROPOSED QUESTIONS which Chad
brought to the examination, in case the examiner needed additional questions.
4. Nearly all the "Physical Contact between Chad Evans and Kassidy Bortner"
between Chad and Kassidy were playful and nurturing, which is not what the
jury heard. (Rev. 20 July 2011) (5 pages) See 2010 drawing of Kassidy, from
photographs, by prison artist Bruce True. Also, see
5. Chad Evans and the tragic death of Kassidy Bortner (2 pages) (Rev. 10/11)
6. Indictments, Verdicts and Sentences In chronological order of alleged
offenses, are presented 11 charges. Chad Evans was found guilty of 8 and
not guilty of 3. (4 pages)
was alone with her for 3 hours, and Jeff Marshall for 6 hours and 10 minutes
and Chad Evans for 30 minutes. The information is also presented in a WORD
document. Also presented is an ANALYSIS of the number of hours Chad Evans
wasalone with Kassidy from October 1 until her death: 10 1/2.
8. In his police interview on 9 November, Chad Evans described the incident
the previous evening where he tossed a "hard rubber ball" or "starter
baseball" to his son, Kyle, who hit it into the left eye of Kassidy Bortner.
During the investigation and Chad Evans and Amanda Bortner trials of the
9. In June 2010, Chad Evans reviewed the transcript of his 9 November 2000
interrogation and he added comments and explanations. ANNOTATED
INTERROGATION TRANSCRIPT See (REV. 6/14/10) The video of his
interrogation is linked in the "Investigations" section at the "Maine State
Police" paragraph for 7:10 p.m.
10. Physical contact between Chad Evans and Amanda Bortner. Their love and
relationship was full of physical contact, which puts the allegations of "assault"
by Chad into perspective. See PHYSICAL CONTACTS WITH AMANDA.
11. This document contains the "Letters from New Hampshire State Prison."
letters sent, beginning in January 2010, by Chad Evans to Morrison
Bonpasse, his friend, advocate and private investigator. The 824 pages of
will be linked. To see the photos, click on the link, or open a different window
and go to the "Who IS Chad Evans?" Section and then click on "Photographs
from 'LETTERS FROM NH PRISON' " for each of the numbered photos.
12. The foundation for the Arrest Warrant for Chad Evans and for the Search
Warrant to search his home were the Affidavits of Sgt. White of
Chad Evans annotated Sgt. White's 11 November affidavit with his
understanding of the facts. See Chad-Annotated Sgt. White Affidavit.
13. Documents and information not available to the jury at the Trial of Chad Evans
a. 22 March 2001 DNA Test of the blood underneath Kassidy's ten fingernails.
b. Six Page Report of pediatric medical exam of Kassidy on 10 August 2000.
c. Report of orthopedic surgeon examination of Kassidy on 11
d. Photograph of Kassidy and Amanda Bortner on Friday, 20 October 2000.
e. 5 November 2000 Date (previously not specified) of family gathering with
Chad and Kassidy at home of his sister, Nicole in Belmont, NH for most of
the day, Sunday.
14. Analysis of the accuracy of the State's closing statement in Chad's trial. For
Chad's analysis of the closing statement see his ANNOTATIONS of True,
False and T/F with each statement.
15. Jeff Marshall was asked to write a Statement on November 9 for the police.
copy of that statement. Also here are Chad's November 2000,
LETTER TO HIS ATTORNEYS, written shortly after his release on bail, and
Amanda's "My Life Story" which she wrote in the late Winter/Early Spring
16. "Kassidy Photo Album June-Oct 2000" Photos of Kassidy from June to
October, 2000. There are no known photographs of her in November.
This document lists in summary form the reasons why Chad's case should
be re-investigated, and why the first trial was sufficiently flawed to warrant
a new trial.
revised as of 25 September 2011. See also, ERROR/CORRECTION update
as of 25 March 2012. The letters from Chad to Morrison Bonpasse have been
published as Volumes 2 and 3 of EYE CONTACT.
The Chad Evans Wrongly Convicted Committee is dedicated to the truth, and justice for Chad Evans.
To find and present to the people and government of New Hampshire the truth about Chad Evans. That truth will lead reasonable people to see that he was wrongly convicted of murdering Kassidy Bortner. We will find and present the several possible alternate causes of Kassidy Bortner's tragic death.
GOALS. To achieve one or more of the following:
- The judicial exoneration of Chad Evans, and restoration of his reputation.
- The withdrawal by the Attorney General of New Hampshire of the charges
against Chad Evans
- The reinvestigation of the death of Kassidy Bortner and, if applicable, the
prosecution of the person or persons responsible.
METHODS. To achieve the Mission and Goals above, the Committee will use
as many methods of communication and persuasion as possible. Such
methods will include:
- Working with attorneys in the state and Federal Courts to overturn the
- Building a website, www.chadevanswronglyconvicted.org
- Writing a comprehensive book about the case.
- Writing letters to, and meeting with, elected and appointed government
- Letter writing to the media.- Encouraging articles in the press and radio
- Continuing the investigation of the case and relentlessly pursuing the truth.
- Circulating a public petition.
- Polling the public.
- Holding public and private meetings for communication and persuasion.
- Developing multi-media means of telling the truth about the case, including
music and video.
BELIEFS AND ASSUMPTIONS
- The truth shall set wrongly convicted people free.
- Through honest discussion, with respect for all parties and viewpoints, the
truth can emerge.
- Everyone in New Hampshire wants justice.
- Everyone can help in the pursuit of truth and justice in the Chad Evans Case
- The men and women in New Hampshire law enforcement are strongly
motivated to seek justice.
- No one in New Hampshire wants an innocent person to be imprisoned for a
crime s/he did not commit.
- If there is a person, or persons, responsible for intentional or criminally
negligent acts which caused the death of Kassidy Bortner, s/he or they should
be prosecuted and punished.
To assist all those who are considering the problem of Truth and Justice for Chad
Evans, the following rating scale of percent/belief is presented:
Percent (%) of certainty of non-involvement.
|-------------------NOT GUILTY-----------------------------------------| |-GLTY-|
Below are explanations of the percentages: Chad Evans.....
100% - did not kill Kassidy Bortner, absolutely not, with total certainty. NOT GUILTY 99.9% - did not kill Kassidy Bortner, with much certainty. NOT GUILTY
99% - did not kill Kassidy Bortner, with some certainty. NOT GUILTY
90% - very likely did not kill Kassidy Bortner. NOT GUILTY
80% - probably did not kill Kassidy Bortner. NOT GUILTY
70% - might not have killed Kassidy Bortner. NOT GUILTY
60% - possibly did not kill Kassidy Bortner. NOT GUILTY
50% - Undecided. Don't have an opinion. NOT GUILTY
40% - possibly did kill Kassidy Bortner. NOT GUILTY
30% - might have killed Kassidy Bortner. NOT GUILTY
20% - probably did kill Kassidy Bortner. NOT GUILTY
10% - very likely did kill Kassidy Bortner. NOT GUILTY
1% - did kill Kassidy Bortner, with some certainty. NOT GUILTY
.1% - did kill Kassidy Bortner, beyond a reasonable doubt. GUILTY
0% - did kill Kassidy Bortner, absolutely, with total certainty. GUILTY
QUESTION: Where are YOU on this chart? It's expected that the more people learn about the case, the further up/or left on the scale they come. The Committee is working to get the facts of the case into the hands and minds of as many people as possible, especially people in the media and the Government of the State of New Hampshire. It is seeking to get the story of Chad evans told throughout New Hampshire and the country by creating this web site and distributing the information through other national and local media.Errors, mistakes? Please let us know.As we are committed to the truth and to justice, we do our best to present the truth. If there are any errors on the website, please let us know, by email to Chad Evans Wrongly Convicted Committee This is especially true if you believe there are any errors or mistakes in any statements or representations by Chad Evans. To our knowledge, there are none - as he is an innocent man.Funds and Contributions In addition for funds to do that work, funds are needed for the next series of legal efforts.
Please send contributions to help the campaign for justice for Chad Evans to the following address:
Chad Evans Wrongly Convicted Committee
71 Sullivan Street
Keene, NH 03431
Petition for Investigation
Help us with the campaign to circulate a Petition for a Re-Investigation of the Chad Evans case. To see a draft (as of February 2010 of the Petition, click on Petition
(or, to enter your name online, go to Petition for Investigation) Also available is a two-page (summary of the facts) showing that Chad Evans did not kill Kassidy Bortner in November, 2000. Count of visits to this site since 28 April 2010.
For feedback or questions about the website or about the case in general please contact Morrison Bonpasse by phone at 207-586-6078 or EMAIL
Photos from left to right:
1. Chad Evans and his son Kyle at a Little League game where his half-brother, Brent, was playing. (See "Chronology" for 10 June 2000. Photo was taken by Chad's mother, Pam.)
2. Chad Evans' son, Kyle, and Kassidy Bortner and Amanda Bortner, on 22 June 2000, at York Wild Animal Kingdom. Chad Evans took the photo. (The prairie dog was in another photo. See PHOTO) (See "Chronology" for 22 June 2000.)
4. Kassidy Caitlyn Bortner in the kitchen at home approximately in October 2000, about 4-6 weeks before she died. See the full photo in the "Amanda and Kassidy" subsection of the 'Who IS Chad Evans?' section. Either Amanda or Chad took the photo.