Texas Men Exonerated After Decades In Jail

Apr 30, 2012


DALLAS (AP) — Two men have been formally exonerated of a nearly 30-year-old rape and shooting after DNA tests in Dallas County implicated others.

James Curtis Williams and Raymond Jackson were declared innocent of aggravated sexual assault Monday. They became the 31st and 32nd people in Dallas County since 2001 to be cleared of crimes they didn't commit.

Judge Susan Hawk and District Attorney Craig Watkins apologized to them Monday for the wrongful convictions.

Williams and Jackson were convicted in the 1983 assault of a woman outside a Dallas bar. Both got life in prison and were only recently paroled.

They had been placed in a photo lineup due to their involvement in another case. But DNA testing implicated two other men, who investigators say will be charged with attempted capital murder.

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