James Curtis and Raymond Jackson were accused of sexually assaulting and shooting a woman in 1983. They were found guilty, by an all white jury, after being identified by an eyewitness. Almost 30 years later DNA testing now points to two other men as the true culprits. Judge Susan Hawk apologized and exonerated the two men. The Daily Mail reports:
Two Texas men who were convicted of raping and shooting a woman almost 30 years ago were exonerated yesterday after DNA tests in Dallas County implicated others in the crime.
As Judge Susan Hawk apologised to James Curtis Williams and Raymond Jackson and declared them formally innocent of aggravated sexual assault, 10 other exonerated men watched in the audience.
Williams and Jackson were convicted of attacking a woman outside a Dallas bar in November 1983 and sentenced to life in prison. The woman was forced into a vehicle at gunpoint, sexually assaulted, shot and left for dead in a field.
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