Wrongfully Convicted


Joyce Ann Brown, Dallas Advocate For Wrongfully Convicted, Dies Saturday

Joyce Ann Brown, a Dallas woman who became an advocate for prisoners, died at the age of 68. She spent nearly a decade in prison after being wrongfully convicted in 1980 of murder and aggravated robbery.


Historical marker honoring wrongfully convicted Texan Tim Cole. (credit: CBS 11 News)

Historical Marker Honors Wrongfully Convicted Texas Man

The first historical marker in the nation to memorialize someone wrongfully convicted will be unveiled Monday in Fort Worth.


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Man Freed After 31-Year-Old Rape Conviction Set Aside

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.


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

Judge Declares Dallas Man Innocent After 14 Years In Prison

“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.


File photo of Cameron Todd Willingham (credit: AP Photo)

Stymied Texas Board Offers Future Recommendations

A Texas state commission prevented from further investigating a case where death penalty opponents say an innocent man may have been executed is set to offer recommendations on future arson inquiries.



Drug Charge Could Cost Dallas Co. DNA Exoneree Millions

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.


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

DNA Clears Dallas Man In 27-Year-Old Rape Case

A man who has served 27 years in prison for aggravated sexual assault is due to become the latest person exonerated through DNA testing in Dallas County. Johnny Pinchback, 55, has been cleared as a result of forensic testing.


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

Senate Bill Speeds Up Rape Evidence Testing

The Texas Senate has voted to push quicker testing of biological evidence collected in sexual assault cases.


An inmate waits for the bars to a dorm at a minimum-security facility in Texas to be opened. (credit: Joe Raedle/Newsmakers/Getty Images)

Innocent Man Serves 18 Years, State Denies Compensation

An innocent man who spent 18 years in prison is being denied state compensation. The words “actual innocence” aren’t printed on a court order for Anthony Graves, so the state won’t pay the $1.4 million due him.


Cornelius Dupree Jr. raises his hands in celebration in Dallas Jan. 4, 2011.  (AP Photo)

Dallas Man Declared Innocent After 30 Years In Prison

A Dallas man had his conviction overturned Tuesday for a rape and robbery he didn’t commit after serving 30 years in prison, more time than any other inmate subsequently exonerated by DNA evidence in Texas.


The current headstone for wrongfully convicted Texan Tim Cole. (credit: CBSDFW.COM)

Family Of Wrongfully Convicted Man Wants State Marker

Tim Cole was found guilty by the justice system, but in death the North Texan has found freedom. Now his family says there’s something else standing in the way of remembering him.