John Nolley embraces his wife Kim and son John Nolley III at his exoneration on October 3, 2018 in Tarrant County, Texas. John was wrongfully convicted of the 1996 murder of his friend based largely on the testimony of three informants. Evidence uncovered during a reinvestigation by the Tarrant County District Attorney’s newly established Conviction Integrity Unit revealed that those witnesses were not credible, and gave perjured testimony at trial. In addition, new technology was used to analyze a bloody palm print found at the crime scene and determined the print did not come from Mr. Nolley or the victim. After 21 years of seeking justice, John Nolley is finally free.
Since 1989, over 360 people in the United States have been exonerated by DNA testing, including 38 who pleaded guilty to crimes they did not commit and 21 who served time on death row. The Innocence Project provided direct representation or critical assistance in 180 of these cases.
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Photo credit: Ron Jenkins