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Dallas Man To Be Exonerated For 1990 Rape Conviction

A Dallas man who served 12 years in prison for a rape conviction, will have the crime erased from record. It turns out he wasn’t guilty after all.


Texas death chamber execution gurney. (credit: AP)

State Bill Would Require DNA Testing For Death Penalty

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and Democratic Sen. Rodney Ellis want to require that all biological evidence in a murder trial be tested for DNA before a prosecutor can seek the death penalty.


Mugshot of Randolph Arledge, who was convicted of a 1981 Texas murder that DNA testing later proved he did not commit. Arledge was exonerated on February 11, 2013. (credit: Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice)

Corsicana Man Convicted In ’81 Stabbing Death Freed

A 58-year-old Corsicana man walked free Monday after serving years for a crime he didn’t commit — the repeated stabbing of a woman whose body was found on a dirt road in rural Navarro County.


David Lee Wiggins stands with relatives and lawyers after being freed from prison. DNA tests proved he didn't rape a teen back in 1988. (credit: Chuck Schechner/KRLD NewsRadio 1080)

Texas Man Freed After DNA Clears Him Of 1988 Rape

After serving 24 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, today a North Texas man received an apology from a judge and a standing ovation. David Lee Wiggins was freed Friday after DNA tests proved he wasn’t the person who raped a 14-year-old girl.


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DNA Clears Fort Worth Inmate Of Rape

An inmate in Fort Worth is expected to be released on Friday. DNA evidence shows that David Wiggins did not commit the rape that he was jailed for more than two decades ago.


The execution gurney in the death chamber in Huntsville, Texas. (credit: AP)

Recent Exonerations Reducing Death Penalties

Death penalties have become a rarity from juries in some parts of Texas in the wake of a string of prison inmates who have been exonerated by DNA and other new evidence.


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Over 2,000 People Exonerated In 23 Years

More than 2,000 people who were falsely convicted of serious crimes have been exonerated in the U.S. in the past 23 years, according to a new study by two universities.


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Texas Supreme Court Orders State To Pay Ex-Inmate $2 Million

Allen was convicted of two 1983 Dallas-area murders. But his conviction was reversed in 2009 and he was freed.


Labels on vials indicate sexual assault case numbers for DNA evidence samples. (credit:  Mario Villafuerte/Getty Images)

2 Men To Be Exonerated In Dallas Rape & Shooting

Two men will be formally exonerated of a nearly 30-year-old rape and shooting after DNA tests in Dallas County implicated others in the attack.


Three Dallas County men, (L-R) Shakara Robertson, Darryl Washington and Marcus Smith, exonerated on April 6, 2012 for a wrongful conviction in 1994. (credit: CBSDFW.COM)

Lawyers Prove Innocence Of 3 Dallas County Men

The Innocence Project of Texas has become famous because of their association with DNA exonerations in the state. To hear of another case of wrongful conviction unfortunately isn’t rare, but to learn the project actually located the guilty parties is.


Exoneree Dale Lincoln Duke with Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins. (credit: CBSDFW.COM)

Dallas County DA Reveals His Great-Grandfather Was Executed

On Friday, Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins commented on a statement he made declaring that his great-grandfather was executed by the state of Texas.


Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins discusses the TV show "Dallas DNA" at the 2009 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at the Universal Hilton Hotel on January 9, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Watkins Seeks Review Of Texas Death Penalty

The prosecutor leading an aggressive push to free wrongly imprisoned inmates is calling for a review of the capital punishment system.