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Court Ends Dallas Man’s Wait For Innocence Ruling

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DALLAS (AP) – A Dallas man released after spending 14 years in prison for murder and attempted murder has been declared innocent of those crimes.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals determined “actual innocence” Wednesday in Richard Miles’ case. He’s been free on his own recognizance since a district judge recommended that he be declared innocent in October 2009.

Miles was released after an advocacy group found evidence implicating another man hadn’t been handed over to the defense when he was convicted in 1995. However, Miles wasn’t cleared of the crimes and entitled to state compensation until the appeals court ruling.

Miles’ attorney, Cheryl Wattley, says her 36-year-old client will now seek compensation under the Tim Cole Act, which provides those wrongfully convicted with $80,000 for every year of incarceration.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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