June 12, 2018 07:08 PM
Who killed Latasha Shaw? The only person ever charged with Shaw's notorious murder says she knows who the real killers are and she shared that in a letter to News10NBC Chief Investigative Reporter Berkeley Brean.
News10NBC met Ebony Mack back at the crime scene. Ten years ago she was arrested for killing Latasha Shaw who was a mother and employee at the University of Rochester.
A jury acquitted Ebony Mack so no one has ever been held accountable for the actual murder of Shaw.
But in a letter to News10NBC, Ebony Mack writes a list of names of people who, she says, should be.
Back on September 29 2007, it was a brutal fight in the middle of the intersection of Dewey Avenue and Driving Park Avenue in Rochester.
Rochester Police say Shaw was attacked by a group of 20 to 30 people with knives, bottles and bats. The fight was a spillover from another fight earlier in the day involving groups of younger individuals, including one of Shaw's daughters.
"She turned around to pick up her cell phone and a man grabbed her and then a whole bunch of women jumped on her," her sister Charnette Grayson said a day after the murder.
Thirteen months later, Rochester Police arrested Ebony Mack and charged her with murder.
News10NBC Chief Investigative Reporter Brean: "You were here that day, right?"
Ebony Mack. acquitted of Shaw's murder: "Yes."
Brean: "Were you part of that group that went after Latasha Shaw?"
Brean: "Did you see the people who did do it?"
Only one other person was ever arrested in connection to Shaw's murder and that was Ebony Mack's cousin Terrance Mack.
One eyewitness testified that she saw him at the scene. His alibi was that he was in Elmira at the time of the murder. The jury convicted him and now Terrance Mack is serving 25 years for gang assault.
"He's sitting in jail for 10 years for something he didn't do," Ebony Mack said.
And that's why Ebony Mack wrote the letter.
It's actually addressed to the judge handling her cousin's latest appeal but she sent it to News10NBC as well. In the letter, Mack writes that she and her cousin Terrance were "falsely accused."
Then she names three women, whose names News10NBC is not reporting.
Mack writes one woman "knocked Mrs. Shaw down." Another "stabbed" her and a third women "stumped and jumped on this lady also."
Mack says she told this to police after she was arrested.
Brean: "The information you shared with me in that letter, you told police about it, right?"
Mack says she sent copies of the letter to Rochester police and the Monroe County district attorney. Both told News10NBC they never got it, so we shared the letter with them.
Chief Investigative Reporter Berkeley Brean then asked them if the murder of Latasha Shaw is an open case.
In an email, District Attorney Sandra Doorley wrote, "of course it's still an open case."
In another email, Rochester Police Departments' public information officer Jackie Shuman wrote, "the case is closed."
Brean: "I'm trying to find out why after so many years, we're talking about this now."
Mack: "It's been talked about but it's like ain't nobody try to do nothing about it."
News10NBC reached out to Latasha Shaw's sister on Facebook and spoke to her on the phone. We agreed to talk again Wednesday.
Terrance Mack's latest attempt to overturn his conviction was denied last month by Judge Christopher Ciaccio, the same judge to whom Ebony addressed in her letter.
Terrance Mack's lawyer in the Monroe County Public Defender's office told News10NBC he's trying to appeal it.
Created: June 12, 2018 07:08 PM
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