Posted on October 23, 2022

Families Question Why Suspect for Murder in Parkside Last Month Was Exonerated for 2012 Killing

6ABC, October 21, 2022

A man who was released from prison last year after being exonerated for a 2012 murder is now in police custody for his alleged involvement in a murder last month.

Jahmir Harris, 32, surrendered around 3 p.m. Friday, Philadelphia police said.

Jahmir Harris

Jahmir Harris

Police said he was a suspect in the murder of Charles Gossett on 56th Street on September 5th. Gossett was shot to death on the sidewalk and robbed.


“What kind of justice system is this?” asked Linda Cruz, Gossett’s sister. “There is no justice for this.”

Cruz held a small vigil for her brother Friday at the site where he was murdered near Lancaster Avenue. Her family blames the district attorney’s office for releasing Harris from prison.

“They let out a criminal from jail that ultimately killed our brother,” said William Murray, Gossett’s brother.

Harris was convicted of killing Louis Porter in 2012 in front of Porter’s 5-year-old son. He spent years in prison until the DA’s office said they discovered prosecutor misconduct, and Harris was released in 2021.

“When you see that same situation happen again to another family, it just ripped the band-aid off. It’s all coming back,” said Walter Porter, Louis Porter’s brother.