Dunagan was charged with capital murder, but as I pointed out before, he was really convicted for four reasons: 1) his criminal record from an incident when he was 18, 2) a setup by a lying jailhouse informant, 3) sloppy police work, and 4) ineffective trial representation by his defense attorney.
Three times during the trial, Ali's wife identified someone other than Dunagan as the killer. Observers believe that she picked out the only black man with green eyes she saw in the courtroom. All she saw of the killer was his eyes because he was wearing a bandanna over his face. Dunagan has black eyes.
Now, D Magazine has published a cover story titled, ""FRAMED FOR MURDER: GREG DUNAGAN DIDN'T DO IT." The article isn't online, but Sanders describes the story thusly:
What a grim tale! A federal magistrate judge ordered a new trial but the decision was overturned by the egregious 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. It's good to see the MSM picking up on the topic of unreliable informants, which account for more than half of wrongful convictions.
An in-depth investigation by writer Paul Kix quotes two witnesses, both inmates in a state prison, who knew the informant, Dave Spencer. Both have signed affidavits implicating Spencer himself in the slaying of Ali and the framing of Dunagan.
One of those witnesses said he overheard Spencer and another Dallas County Jail inmate planning to pin the crime on Dunagan. The witness said he was prepared to testify to that fact at Dunagan's trial, but he was never called. The other witness, a friend of Spencer's, said the informant told him one night that he had killed a convenience store operator in Grand Prairie.
"Some Pakistani guy," D quotes Quenten Jordan as saying.
"The store owner wouldn't get Spencer the money fast enough," Kix writes, adding this quote from Jordan: "Dave said, 'I had to kill him.'"
The magazine notes that Spencer denies ever making that statement. But these witnesses appear to have nothing to gain for implicating Spencer.
Between this case and the Dallas fake drug scandal, the Dallas County DA obviously needs to take a look at what his department is doing to make sure they aren't securing convictions based on fabricated snitch testimony.