Two men are expected to be released Friday after spending 12 years in prison for a murder they did not commit, thanks in part to the efforts of the UT Arlington Innocence Network.
Led by UT Arlington professor John Stickels, the student-supported Innocence Network has worked on several cases in the Dallas-Fort Worth area over the past three years. The latest case includes the exoneration of two Dallas County men who were wrongfully convicted of capital murder in a 1997 case and sentenced to life in prison. Unlike the previous 20 Dallas County exonerations, this case is the first cleared without DNA evidence.
“It feels wonderful,” said Natalie Ellis, a criminal justice major, in a Dallas Morning News article. Ellis has worked on the case daily for more than a year. “I’d have to say out of all the days I’ve had in my life so far – this is tops.”
Read the UT Arlington news release.