Chad Evans Wrongly Convicted

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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2. Follow him on two Twitter Accts: ChadEvans2 and

     ChristineGagne1

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:

25 April 2014.  Libertarian candidate for NH Governor, Max Abramson, embraces cause of the wrongly convicted.  He asks that the Chad Evans case be re-examined.  See "Links to Articles - Chad Evans post 2002 Sentencing"

 

3 March 2014.  Chad Evans Wrongly Convicted Committee testimony before the NH State Judiciary Committee against the NH death penalty.  The message from Morrison Bonpasse was short and simple: the death penalty should be abolished because of the risk of wrongful conviction.  The reasonable claim of wrongful conviction by Chad Evans shows the validity of that risk.  Bonpasse sent a followup email to the Committee. See "Latest News."

19 December 2013.  Chad's 4th letter in 2013 to the Keene Sentinel is published. See "Links to Articles - Chad Evans post 2002 Sentencing"

16 December 2013. Two Chad programs on Rep. Dick Patten's "Around Town" on Concord Community TV.  Part 1 (Morrison Bonpasse and Nicole Evans-Mahoney) and Part 2 (Morrison Bonpasse and Linda Dalessandri).  See "Latest News."

 

9 October 2013.  Chad's 3rd letter in 2013 to the Keene Sentinel published. See "Links to Articles - Chad Evans post 2002 Sentencing"

 

3 October 2013. Attorney Catherine M. Costanzo of Henniker will be representing Chad for the purposes of preparing his Habeas Corpus petition and presenting it in Merrimack Superior Court.   See  "Latest News."

 

28 Sept. 2013.  Nicole Evans Mahoney, sister of Chad Evans, passed a polygraph exam which she took on Sept. 4, 2013.  The issue was Chad's visit with Kassidy to Nicole's home on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2000, four days before Kassidy died.  See  "Latest News."

 

14 August 2013.  Through her Office of Citizen Services, Governor Hassan has decided to support the Dept. of Corrections decision not to permit Chad to take a second polygraph examination.  See  "Latest News."

 

11 June 2013.  Morrison Bonpasse interviews on "blogtalkradio" with exoneree Gloria Killian about Chad Evans case. See  "Latest News."

7 June 2013.  Governor Hassan grants posthumous freedom to Revolutionary War slaves, and Chad Evans Wrongful Conviction Committee asks Governor Hassan to grant Chad's request for a polygraph exam. See"Latest News."

3 June 2013.  The Keene Sentinel published Chad's second Letter to the Editor this year.  See "Links to Articles - Chad Evans post 2002 Sentencing"

 

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

     FOUR-PAGE APPLICATION for assistance to Centurion Ministries for

     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 

     drawing of hand palming Kassidy's face.

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)

7.  Spreadsheet: Who was alone with Kassidy Bortner during last 24 hours.

      This document shows that during Kassidy's last 24 hours, Amanda Bortner

      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

      case, the references to this "ball" were varied and uncertain. See     

      INVESTIGATION REFERENCES TO BALL  and TRIAL REFERENCES TO BALL.

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.

      Rev. 2/12

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 833 pages of
      letters begin with the 7 January 2010 letter from Chad and continue, thus
      far, to his letter of March 31, 2013. Gradually, the referenced photographs

      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

      10 November 2000 and 11 November 2000, respectively.  In 2010,

      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

          September 2000.

      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.

       Presented here are his Handwritten statement and a Rekeyed WORD

       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

       of 2000.

16. "Kassidy Photo Album June-Oct 2000"  Photos of Kassidy from June to

      October, 2000. There are no known photographs of her in November.

17.  "Reasons for a New Trial and Re-Investigation of Chad Evans case" 

       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.

18. EYE CONTACT - The Mysterious Death in 2000 in Maine of Kassidy Bortner

       and the Wrongful Conviction of Chad Evans in New Hampshire

       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.

       Volume 2: Eye Contact, Volume 2: Letters 2010 from a Wrongly Convicted

       man in New Hampshire State Prison

       Volume 3: Eye Contact, Volume 3: Letters 2011 from a Wrongly Convicted

       man in New Hampshire State Prison

 

The Chad Evans Wrongly Convicted Committee is dedicated to the truth, and justice for Chad Evans.

Mission, Goals, Methods and Beliefs & Assumptions (Rev. 2/10
)

MISSION

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       

      conviction.

-     Building a website, www.chadevanswronglyconvicted.org 

-     Writing a comprehensive book about the case.

-     Writing letters to, and meeting with, elected and appointed government

      officials.

-     Letter writing to the media.-     Encouraging articles in the press and radio

      and television.

-     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.

  100---99.9---99---90---80---70---60---50---40---30---20---10---1---.1---0

     |-------------------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.)
3. Amanda and Kassidy Bortner at Chad's sister, Nicole's, home which was being rehabilitated in Belmont, NH on Friday, 20 October 2000. Chad recalls that Nicole took the photo.  (See "Chronology" for 20 October 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.