"The guys who killed my brother are still out there," he said. "They're dangerous."
Anderson's habeas corpus petition also challenges the prosecution testimony that cellphone transmissions placed him near the crime scene.
The petition says that the police analysis of cellphone data was flawed and that there is no evidence the phone was in Anderson's possession. It was one of several phones that his then-manager had registered in Anderson's name, the petition states.
But the heart of Anderson's bid for freedom is his assertion — based on the credit card bill, the travel agency itinerary and witness statements — that he was in Mississippi for eight days, before, during and after the fire.
Among the witnesses who place him there is Bishop Phillip Coleman Sr., pastor of the Greater Bethlehem Temple Apostolic Faith Church in Jackson.
At one time Gentry, Anderson's sister, was related by marriage to Coleman, who leads the city's largest black congregation.
In sworn statements and in interviews with The Times, Gentry, Coleman and his son Emmanuel corroborated Anderson's alibi. The bishop said he had a distinct recollection of the singer's visit because Anderson visited his church and made a $1,000 donation. A church record listing the donation and the date is included in Anderson's court petition.
Emmanuel Coleman said he picked Anderson up at the airport Sept. 14, 1993, and drove him to Gentry's apartment. The younger Coleman said that over the next few days, he and Anderson toured Jackson State University, drove around the city looking at real estate and visited Coleman's relatives.
The younger Coleman said that about 2 p.m. Sept. 18 — the day of the arson in Los Angeles — he took Anderson to meet his father. According to declarations by the bishop and his son, Anderson spent several hours chatting with the elder Coleman about gospel music and his spiritual aspirations.
The next morning, Phillip Coleman said, Anderson attended a Sunday service at Greater Bethlehem, where the bishop introduced the singer to his congregation.
"We're still crying out after all these years, hoping someone will listen," Gentry said in an interview. "Waymond is innocent. We've got proof."