Kirstin Blaise Lobato’s immediate release from custody of the State of Nevada was Ordered by Clark County District Court Chief Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez at 9:40 am on Wed., Jan 3, 2018. (See Order below.)
Justice Denied talked with Michelle Ravell minutes after Judge Gonzalez signed the Order. She was leaving to drive downtown to pick up Blaise Lobato after her release. Michelle is the mother of the young man who was Blaise Lobato’s boyfriend at the time of her arrest in July 2001, and Michelle has steadfastly supported her for the last 16-1/2 years.
Blaise Lobato was released from custody about 2 p.m. Her release was delayed for several hours because the jail staff wanted her to register as a sex offender — and she refused. She was finally allowed to leave when the staff was informed that the charges requiring her to register were dismissed on December 29, 2017 by Judge Gonzalez.
She was met outside the Clark County Courthouse by Michelle and other well-wishers. She made comments to the media thanking her supporters, before saying that she wanted to get a “coffee” and go “shopping.”
Justice Denied began working on Ms. Lobato’s case 15 years ago in early 2003. In 2002 she had been convicted of first-degree murder and other charges related to the homicide of Duran Bailey in Las Vegas homicide in July 8, 2001. Her alibi defense was she was home in Panaca, 165 miles from Las Vegas on the day of Bailey’s homicide.
JD’s first article abouther case published in the fall of 2004 didn’t mince words: “Las Vegas Police and Prosecutors Frame Woman 170 Miles From Murder Scene – Kirstin Lobato’s “Very Peculiar Story.” Her convictions were overturned and she was granted a new trial.
Her retrial in 2006 resulted in her conviction of voluntary manslaughter and other charges. Those convictions were affirmed by the Nevada Supreme Court.
Justice Denied then conducted a post-conviction investigation that discovered the new forensic evidence in 2009 that proves Bailey died during a period of time on July 8 that the prosecution admits Ms. Lobato was in Panaca. That new evidence of her innocence resulted in the overturning of her conviction on Dec. 19, 2017, and the dismissal of her charges on December 29, 2017.
Click here to read or download at no charge the PDF book “Kirstin Blaise Lobato’s Unreasonable Conviction: Possibility Of Guilt Replaces Proof Beyond A Reasonable Doubt – Third Edition.” The book about Ms. Lobato’s case was written by Justice Denied’s editor and publisher Hans Sherrer.