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  • Writer's pictureMaggie Freleng

Episode 7: David Thorne

From journalist Maggie Freleng and the Obsessed Network

Brandon & David

In 1999, Yvonne Layne was found murdered in her Ohio home while her two children were upstairs and one hid under the dining room table potentially watching the crime. Her ex-boyfriend David was instantly a suspect as the father of one of her children, but he had a solid alibi. So the police found Joe Wilkes, a friend of David’s, and a vulnerable kid whom they threatened with the death penalty if he did not confess to a murder for hire. In 2000 with Joe’s testimony, David was sentenced to life without parole. A year later Joe recanted his testimony and since then it appears evidence was planted and it was revealed that Yvonne was possibly a sex worker and had intimate relationships with multiple members of the police department. David has been in prison for twenty years.

To learn more about the case and how you can help, visit:

To write to David:

David Thorne 385-897

2500 S. Avon-Beldon Rd.

Grafton, OH 44044



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