Judge To Formally Exonerate Dallas Man Of Murder
DALLAS (AP) - A state district judge is to declare a Dallas man innocent of the murder and attempted murder for which he spent 14 years in prison.
State District Judge Andy Chatham will read on Wednesday the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruling of “actual innocence” for Richard Miles. He’s been free on his own recognizance since a judge recommended that he be declared innocent in October 2009.
Miles was released after an advocacy group found evidence implicating another man wasn’t given to the defense when he was convicted in 1995. However, Miles wasn’t cleared and entitled to state compensation until the appeals court ruling.
Miles’ attorney has said he’d now seek compensation under the Tim Cole Act, which provides those wrongfully convicted with $80,000 for every year of incarceration.
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