Today, followers of Pastor Onslow Ross were in downtown Macon to show support for the man they say was wrongly sentenced to ten years in federal prison. In 2008, Ross was convicted on several counts of bank fraud and money laundering from his church, Reaching Souls Cathedral of Praise.
Now, he has a new team of defense attorneys who filed a habeas corpus claim stating his old attorney left out important information and evidence from his trial. If the claim is accepted by the government, Ross could reappear in court again soon to try and prove his innocence.
The message of his supporters was clear.
"All we want again is justice for Pastor Onslow Ross," says defense attorney, Bradford Cohen.
His conviction came down to evidence, or as his followers say, a lack of evidence.
"The jurisdiction system painted the picture that we had been wronged, and we haven't been wronged because he did not do anything, so they made it look like we had a witch hunt after our own leader," says supporter, Carolyn Brown.
She's one of many from all over the country who is backing Ross' innocence. He is currently serving time for crimes, attorney Bradford Cohen believes, he isn't guilty of commiting.
"The pastor was representated at the trial and that representation fell short."
While Ross was in court in 2008, there was no expert insurance witness brought in to testify, someone who may have been key in clearing his name.
"It was not sufficient in the evidence that was provided to the jury in regards to expert witnesses, in regards to individuals that would have testified in regards to the evidence that was presented that could have changed the case of the actual conviction if this case," says Cohen.
Now, Ross' supporters are hoping their leader will get another shot at freedom.
"It is never too late to fix a problem that has caused a man to lose years of his life behind jail. It's never too late," says Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, Chairman, National Action Network.
Ross' main defense attorney, Marcia Shein, says the government has until early September to decide if they will allow Ross a new trial.