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.
When Michael Blair was sent to death row for the murder of a 7-year-old Texas girl, he insisted he never killed anyone. More than a decade later, genetic testing showed he was telling the truth.
He wasn’t exonerated but a Dallas man who spent 31 years behind bars for sexual assault is now out of jail. Wednesday a judge released Rickey Dale Wyatt and and recommended his 1981 conviction be set aside.
“You’re free to walk out of this courtroom today.” Those were the words said just minutes ago to Dale Lincoln Duke, a man who served 14 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.
A felony drug charge could cost a Dallas County DNA exoneree millions. Under Texas law Steven Phillips is paid $80,000 a year for his wrongful conviction. But he loses the money if he’s convicted of a felony.
The Texas Office of Capital Writs is an independent state agency tasked with scrutinizing capital murder trials to ensure they were legally proper.
A man who was wrongly imprisoned in Texas for nearly two decades over slayings that he did not commit will be paid $1.4 million.
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