Man Does 30 Years in Prison Before Being Found Innocent By DNA Tests

A Dallas County judge on Tuesday exonerated a man who served 30 years in prison for a wrongful conviction after DNA evidence proved he was innocent. Cornelius Dupree served time for a 1979 rape and robbery, after he was convicted based largely on an eyewitness (mis)identification. A second eyewitness did not identify Dupree as the perpetrator, but he was convicted anyway.

Dupree maintained his innocence all along, but early requests to reexamine the evidence were denied three times. Though this is a common scenario—some 40 wrongful convictions have been overturned in Texas over the past 10 years—Dupree served the third-longest sentence of those wrongfully convicted and later exonerated by DNA evidence in this country. Under a recently passed Texas law, he is eligible for up to $2.4 million in compensation—$80,000 per year for every year served—but the important thing, Dupree says, “is for the system to be fixed, so it just won’t happen to anyone else.” TC mark

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  • Jordan

    Everytime this happens I wonder how many innocent people have been executed.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jonathon-Ferrari/100001319787228 Jonathon Ferrari

      Two, possibly three.

      • Jordan

        40 of these have happened JUST in the state of Texas in the last 10 (!) years. Do you really think it's that low?

  • http://twitter.com/rislynsey christopher lynsey

    Would not feel good about my life if this happened to me.

  • http://twitter.com/JosephErnest Joseph Ernest Harper

    Free at last.

  • http://lawblog.legalmatch.com/2011/01/19/exonerated-after-30-years-in-prison-implications-for-the-death-penalty/ SFJD

    Sadly, this is probably just the tip of the iceberg. Most people who are wrongfully convicted probably serve out their sentences without ever being vindicated.

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