DNA Evidence Clears Texas Man Who Spent 30 Years In Prison

January 4, 2011

Mark Memmott

"You're free to go."

With those words from a judge, Cornelius  Dupree Jr. "was exonerated this morning in a Dallas courtroom," the Morning News writes.

The verdict, though, comes after Dupree already spent 30 years in prison "for a rape and robbery he didn't commit," the Associated Press adds.

"It's a joy to be free again," Dupree said after the judge's ruling (he has been out on parole since July; today's decision clears his record).

The 51-year-old Dupree was cleared of wrong-doing thanks to DNA evidence. According to the AP:

"Nationally, only two others who have been exonerated by DNA evidence spent more time in prison, according to the Innocence Project, a New York-based legal center representing Dupree that specializes in wrongful conviction cases. James Bain was wrongly imprisoned for 35 years in Florida, and Lawrence McKinney spent more than 31 years in a Tennessee prison."

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