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Phone: (856) 384-5500


Subject :

Glassboro Murder Conviction Affirmed
Contact :Bernie Weisenfeld    856-384-5617



For Immediate Release

January   10,  2018

Contact: Bernie Weisenfeld-PIO-GCPO

Re.:   Glassboro murder conviction affirmed


Saying there was “substantial evidence” of guilt and no corroboration for an alibi defense,  a state appeals court has affirmed the conviction of Tyree Bluford  (DOB 7/2/82) in the  fatal shooting of  37-year-old Towana Gaines in the Bentley Woods apartments in Glassboro on 10/20/07.


Bluford is serving a 24-year state prison sentence imposed on 9/8/09 for his aggravated manslaughter conviction in the shooting.


Bluford was appealing the rejection of his claim that his attorney provided an ineffective defense because he failed to find and investigate alibi witnesses.


In its ruling, an appellate court panel court on 1/5/18 recited trial evidence of Bluford’s guilt, including witness testimony that Gaines identified him as her

assailant and testimony that Bluford admitted he shot Gaines because she was an informant.


The court also cited the testimony of Bluford’s lawyer at a post-conviction relief hearing in which he said his client offered no substantiation that would make an alibi a “workable theory.” The attorney had “virtually no basis to establish an alibi defense,”  the appeals judges wrote.