A Florida man who spent more than two decades in prison before he was exonerated of rape and paid more than $1 million has been charged with attempted murder.

Alan Jerome Crotzer, 51, is accused of shooting into a car that he was driving alongside Sunday in Tallahassee, wounding Antoine Davis in his arm and leg.

Alan Crotzer

Davis told police Crotzer threatened him a couple of months ago after they had an argument over a CD he sold Davis’ girlfriend, and he saw Crotzer’s car when he was leaving a Best Buy store.
Crotzer pulled up to him and fired through an open passenger window while both cars were going about 40 miles per hour, police said. {snip}
Crotzer spent more than 24 years in prison after he was convicted of rape in 1982. Crotzer was convicted of robbing a Tampa family and kidnapping and raping a 38-year-old woman and a 12-year-old girl at gunpoint.
Crotzer said he was nowhere near the scene and witnesses corroborated that, but he had a previous robbery conviction when he was 17 and a witness picked him out of a lineup. He was sentenced to 130 years in prison.
Years later, another man convicted in the robbery told police that Crotzer wasn’t with them that night and revealed the real rapist. DNA testing along with the other evidence then convinced prosecutors that Crotzer wasn’t involved. He was released in 2006.
“I’m not that monster they try to make me be. I am a new person,” he told The Associated Press in 2008.
Crotzer is on the board of directors of the Innocence Project of Florida and has made public appearances speaking out on those who are wrongfully convicted by the state.

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  • First off, DNA convicts far more people than it exonerates.

    This story is the flip side to those whom DNA evidence (or lack thereof) exonerates.  A lot of these wrongly convicted people were wrongly convicted of the given crime in question.  Generally, though, they’re not innocent people overall.  It is very rare for a really innocent person to be strung up for something he or she didn’t do.

    The more common outrage is raiding cops knocking down the wrong door or the wrong house, and killing the residents or denizens because they thought the cops were burglars and reached for the shotgun.  The best solution to that is for cops to need a separate raid warrant beyond just the search warrant, to justify why a no-knock raid is necessary, and for cops who want the warrant to guarantee the veracity of the information provided – Any screw ups means that the cops automatically lose their jobs and their pensions.

  • Let me get this straight, he was paid over a million dollars and then he tried to kill someone over CD money?   Looks like they had it right the first time.  Who buys and sells CDs now anyway?

    • Blacks….

    • over a million doesnt buy as much hookers and blow as it used to.

    • dukem1

       Really!…And probably a used CD – someone sells a CD to another person, they probably had it and listened to it already…
      “Hey!  There’s that guy who owes me 2 bucks…I’m gonna shootem! ”
      I wonder if he has enough money left to pay for his own lawyer?  Probably not.

  • Francis Galton

    Sounds like he was rightfully jailed to me.

  • They free a bunch of these in Chicago every year …. same result. They hit the “lottery”, become community activists for a while, then they become prisoners once again soon after.

  • Biff_Maliboo

    You’ve heard the phrase “the truth will out?”

    How about “the chimp will out?”

  • When I first saw the story I wondered if it was over a cross dresser.

  • This shooting happened on one of the main streets of the Capital of the State of Florida. One of the libtards responsible for the freedom of this creature is an employee of the local state university. He is running for congress as a democrat and has as part of his, “human rights initiative”,  invited numerous communists, muslims and other creeps to speak to the students. Not that you would be surprised to hear this but none of these connections are ever made by the media.

  • Chimp Master Rules

    My guess is that the really good negroes commit around one crime a year:  steal money from the plate at church, abuse someone, rape a family member, abuse an animal or something else that goes unnoticed.

    The really bad negroes commit a crime a day.  The rest are distributed in between those two extremes.

    So this guy was probably guilty of a bunch of things before he went in and has probably done a bunch of things since he got out.  He was just unlucky enough to get caught for one of the things.

    The real lesson learned here is this:  See how much safer society is when we lock negroes up . . . even if they happen to be innocent of whatever we lock them up for?

  • toldev

     I agree. It is hard to prove a negative, even with DNA evidence.

    For example, a matching DNA sample at a crime scene can prove a suspect was at a crime scene at some point. However, the absence of a matching DNA sample can mean that the police didn’t find it during their crime scene processing, the suspect didn’t leave any DNA, or the suspect cleaned up the crime scene after the crime was committed. The last possibility is becoming more of a problem as criminals learn things from television shows like CSI.

  • Shawn_thefemale

    Stepping out onto a very small limb here…. I do know that if I spent 20 years in prison I would also come out as an entirely different person – and it would NOT be an  improved version. But what he didn’t know before he learned behind bars. I find it very hard to believe that anyone in his position hasn’t been changed for the worse. I’m not blind – I’m sure he was no boy scout  beforehand, and one still knows right from wrong. But the little impulse control they are born with was totally eliminated in prison. Now he truly belongs where he just left. 

  •  Me too, his release was justice.  If we want to segregate ourselves from them, then we should make that argument directly, like at occidentaldissent.  In this case, segregation was successful: the person he attempted to murder was also black.  Now he goes back to jail.  Personally, I would prefer if he got all-black judges and juries and everything, or whatever system blacks would prefer to use to deal with their own.  This isn’t our problem, this is their problem.