Kimberly “Kim” Long was convicted of the 2003 murder of her boyfriend Oswaldo “Ozzy” Conde. He had been bludgeoned to death in their home with an object that was never found. While spending the past seven years in prison (Long was sentenced in 2009), the mother of two children has maintained her innocence. With the help of The California Innocence Project, Long, now 40, was released from jail on $50,000 bail in June 2016.
A judge vacated Long’s conviction and ordered a new trial. It will be her third. The first trial ended in a hung jury. Long claims and the judge agrees that public defender Eric Keen “did not provide effective legal counsel,” e.g. not calling forensic pathologists as witnesses, not completing DNA testing on certain evidence. The District Attorney is appealing. Long said: “I’ve been here before. The only difference is I’m not convicted and I can vote. I registered to vote right away.’ ABC 20/20 will air its investigative report on Kimberly Long and the murder of Ozzy Conde on Friday, October 7 at 10pm on ABC.