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.