A Texas man who spent more time in prison than any other DNA exoneree in the state is expected to have a court overturn his conviction at an exoneration hearing Tuesday.Apparently this was another case of faulty eyewitness testimony secured with flawed photo lineup procedures. I'm told that Michael Keasler, one of the current judges on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals who just won reelection in November, was a prosecutor on the case. Reported the Dallas News:
Cornelius Dupree Jr., 51, was paroled out of prison in July after 30 years behind bars for aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. DNA test results that came back 10 days after his release excluded him as the person who raped and robbed a Dallas woman in 1979.
The Dallas County District Attorney's Office said Monday it supports Dupree's innocence claim.
Dupree has spent more time wrongly imprisoned than any other DNA exoneree in Texas, which has freed 41 wrongly convicted inmates through DNA since 2001, more than any other state. His 30 years would surpass James Woodard, who spent more than 27 years imprisoned for a murder that he was cleared of in 2008.
the rape victim wrongly identified Dupree in a photo array. The man could not pick out Dupree in a photo lineup. At trial, both victims identified Dupree as one of the men who abducted them in court.Congratulations to Mr. Dupree, but what a bittersweet victory to serve a full sentence, earn parole, then be "exonerated" by modern science AFTER being released! "Ooops!" or "I'm sorry" don't seem to cut it in such circumstances, does it?
Another man, Anthony Massingill, was also cleared in the same case, said Nina Morrison, an attorney with The Innocence Project.