Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Texas: Man Cleared of Murder After 27 Years (DNA)


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A man who spent more than 27 years in prison has been cleared of a 1980 murder and is expected to be released as soon as Tuesday. He would be the nation’s longest-serving person who had been exonerated by DNA testing after a wrongful conviction, his lawyers said. The inmate, James Lee Woodard, 55, of Dallas, was jailed in January 1981 and sentenced to life in prison in July 1981 for the murder of a Dallas woman found sexually assaulted and strangled near the Trinity River in 1980.

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