Tuesday, April 29, 2008

DNA results free man after 27 years in prison


James Woodard is the 18th person in Dallas to have conviction vacated
updated 2:40 p.m. ET, Tues., April. 29, 2008

DALLAS - A man who spent more than 27 years in prison for a murder he did not commit was freed Tuesday, after being incarcerated longer than any other wrongfully convicted U.S. inmate cleared by DNA testing.
Overall, 31 people have been formally exonerated through DNA testing in Texas, also a national high. That does not include Woodard and at least three others whose exonerations will not become official until Gov. Rick Perry grants pardons or the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals formally accepts the ruling of lower courts that have already recommended exoneration.

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