Wednesday, January 05, 2011

DNA Proves Man Innocent After 30 Years in Prison

A man in Texas has had his robbery conviction overturned after serving 30 years in jail.  He was proved innocent by a  DNA test. Cornelius Dupree Jr was jailed from 1979 to 2010 as part of a 75-year sentence for aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. The 51-year-old was freed on parole in July 2010. DNA test results proved his innocence roughly one week later. A judge has now officially overturned Mr Dupree's conviction.

He could have cut  his prison stint short twice and made parole — if he had admitted he was a sex offender. But Cornelius Dupree Jr. refused to do so, doggedly maintaining his innocence in a 1979 rape and robbery, in the process serving more time for a crime he didn't commit than any other Texas inmate exonerated by DNA evidence. "Whatever your truth is, you have to stick with it," Dupree, 51, said Tuesday, minutes after a Dallas judge overturned his conviction. "It's a joy to be free again," Mr Dupree said outside the Dallas County courtroom. Mr Dupree told the CNN network he had "mixed emotions" about the hearing considering how long he had been in jail. "I must admit there is a bit of anger but there is also joy, and the joy overrides the anger," he added.

Mr Dupree was charged in 1979 with being one of two men who raped and robbed a 26-year-old woman. He received a 75-year sentence for robbery but was never tried on the rape charge Mr Dupree and Anthony Massingill, who was also convicted for the crime, were identified by the victim following the event. Massingill, who is also serving time for a separate rape charge, is expected to have his conviction related to the 1979 crime cleared as well, according to the Innocence Project, a public policy organization.

Mr Dupree served more years in prison than anyone who has been freed by DNA evidence in Texas. The state has exonerated 41 wrongly convicted inmates through
 the use of DNA since 2001 - more than any other US state. Only two other individuals cleared by DNA evidence anywhere in the US have spent more time in prison, the Innocence Project said. One man in the state of Florida spent 35 years in prison, while another inmate spent 31 years in a Tennessee jail.

Congratulations Mr Dupree. Nothing can give you back the time that was stolen from you but we hope the time you have now will be spent enjoying the sun, the sky, the beauty of  the natural world and the company of loved ones.

68 comments:

Witchy said...

Hi Cutie ...I sent you an E-MAIL and dad wrote you a note .
I am so glad they found the man innocent.
See you later...Witchy

Witchy said...

Hiya doing...just finishing watching 'The People Chioce Awards.'
How is Nana doing , keeping warm and giving everyone hell.[giggles]
How is Brian and did he behave today and stay home and take care of his cold ???

Genie said...

Hi PIc, I was just working on an article about a homeless man. Sorry I'm Late

Genie said...

I got your email. Wow, your man sure knows how to get things done.

I didn't realize it was the teacher's helper who caused all the trouble.Interfering little twerp.

Witchy said...

That's okay, I just read about a homeless man .

Did you get my e-mail ???

Genie said...

I guess she will regret it now.

Genie said...

It's probably the same homeless man. The one with the golden voice??
I have 2 videos to go with the article

Genie said...

Nana doesn't feel good today and believe me it doesn't make her any sweeter.

Witchy said...

Dad wrote you a letter after I got back . He won't do it if I'm not here , he says he don't trust this damn thing .

Gil comes straight to the point, and when it comes to my babies he can get really upset . I knew he was mad when he talked with a very steady voice.

Genie said...

It was not professional of that teacher's helper to speak to Jill that way. It confused her.

Witchy said...

Yes it is the same man.
Is it a youtube video ???

Genie said...

I just read dad's letter. it was nice to hear from him. I hope it didn't hurt his hands too much.

Witchy said...

The homeless man seems to be nice looking ...the picture I seen he was holding up a card board sign.

Genie said...

I tried to lift the videos off the news web page but I couldn't get them so I had to go to youtube.I got a before video and after he was cleaned up video.

Witchy said...

I am going to hurt his musty butt, Dad is hard-headed and his hands is okay now . They was doing good and he stop using his bags/gloves and salve...he is a hard-headed brat and I just got off his musty butt and now he's telling Man on me.

Witchy said...

MJ's doctor was just on the news ...hell, they are late I just posted that and he has on a ugly tie .

Genie said...

Dad's too scared of you to say it to your face.

Witchy said...

I just got to learn how to get videos ...I asked the office geek would he teach me ...because Gil just go to fast for me to keep up .The only thing he do slow is f*** [giggles]

Genie said...

I hope he picks up a little speed at the end.

Witchy said...

Dad is not scared of me ...if he was he would do as I say and keep using his meds/herbs even when his hands feel good , he has a little in one of his shoulders but nobe in his knees .
I told him his hands was going to swell up and he was going to fall because he couldn't keep his balance and break his ass and I was going to put diapers on him .He laughed his old musty butt off .

Witchy said...

How is the Rock , did he stay home from work today ??? Is his cold getting better ???
Give him a hot toddy with a little more brandy. Is he sleeping longer ?

Genie said...

You're right about that tie. It was a crime.

Witchy said...

Speed ...shit I be reaching for the moon , he go to fast he may missed something. Hahahaa

Witchy said...

Sweetie ...tell me why do they make such ugly faces ?

Genie said...

The Rock went to work and it made his cold worse. Now he is in bed whining about his sore throat and chest. He will probably stay home tomorrow.It is so fucking freezing out it hurts to breath even if you don't have a sore chest.

Genie said...

I gave him some hot lemon and honey, a couple of Tylenol and a hot bean bag to put on his chest.

Genie said...

I guess the ugly face means that they are in ecstacy...Or maybe it means they are trying to hold back a fart.

Genie said...

I just warmed up his bean bag for him again. It has a lovely smell of herbs and lavender when it's hot.

Genie said...

It would be a lovely gesture to write about your husband. Lord knows I have written about mine enough times.

Genie said...

Jamie foxx is on leno. He is so funny and I am attracted to him.

Genie said...

There are several African American men I find sexy and gorgeous.

Witchy said...

That sounds good and should make him feel better . Tell him that damn job will be there when his cold gets better , tell him he is too important a person for them to lose him as they don't want him sick....I know the guys was glad to see him .

Witchy said...

There are a couple I find sexty but Jammie isn't one off them , I met him when he perform here and he's an awful little man .

Witchy said...

I would love to write about my man ...but I will make a mess like I did when I wrote about him at out first meeting and then the three part story of how we got together , I went back and read them they was awful then and they are awful still. [giggles]
Trying to write about the time I went to jail and Josie ...I need my musty butt spanked .

Witchy said...

I admire Jamie as an actor, he's good and really get into his roles, I guess if I didn't talk to him he would still be okay .

Witchy said...

I knew he was tired when you told me he canceled going out Sunday to dinner and looking at the lights .

Witchy said...

The only thing that's special about him is he's mine and was able to give me babies .

Genie said...

I think Gil had an interesting life.

Witchy said...

When you talk to dad asked him about the sleeping ...Dad stayed with Sis and my daddy when he had his treatments and Sis is very bossy .
I think Brian is still healing on the inside from the operation and now this ...the who;e bunch in Hamilton should be ashame...sure he was going to talk with everyone , he had no place to go and rest the ride there and back and trying to entertain would be trying on a well person .

Genie said...

There seems to be a little more celeb news this week. It's like they all went underground for the holidays.

Genie said...

I may write something about my uncle Alan. He had and amazing life. He wrote his memoirs. I have to ask my aunt what she did with them.

Witchy said...

Gil had a wonderful life , Harverd , Cambridge , traveling and women , sometime 3 at a time and they all knew about the other and he made it clear his relationships was open until he found the woman he would married.

Genie said...

My dad slept more and more in the months before he died so I get nervous when I see that in Brian.

Witchy said...

Sweetie ...delete any comments people don't need to see .

All Gil's ladies was as old as he is or older ... I often wonder why he settle for me, I am different for all those women and I would not stand for an open relationship.

Genie said...

A lot of men would envy Gil and like to be him.

Witchy said...

Ask your aunt if she still have them and you can put them in book form if you don't want to publish it you can keep it as a keepsake for your family .
Uncle Alen was the one that worked for the Queen and died before she got a chance to Knight him...HUH ??

Genie said...

It sounds like your daughter got his smarts.She could go to Harvard and Cambridge too. It's hard to picture your baby like that isn't it??

Genie said...

I bet Gil and dad are going to scare the poop out of her boyfriends. They will give him the third degree and seem a bit threatening.

Genie said...

Maxy put on about five pounds at that party. All he did was mooch all day.
At least Nana has never given him a treat.She does pet him though. She won't say it but she likes him.

Witchy said...

I wonder why they would envy that mean long ass bastard .
He is sweet and humble until you mess with his family and he really loves his daddy .
Anita told me He was mean and I knew she was lying until they kidnapped me .

Witchy said...

I bet Maxy looks like a little round ball of fur with short legs sticking out ...adorable.

Jill has always wanted to do things like her daddy , no I wouldn't be surprise if she follow in his footsteps ... shit I couldn't wait to get out of school.
Dad says Jill has my attitude, Sis says Man will be more like his daddy than any of them because he cops an attitude with you as young as he is now.

Genie said...

He liked you because you were not impressed with him and didn't give a shit that he had money. He also knew that you were strong and could survive all the bullshit his family came out with. And you were strong enough to hold your own with him.
The fact that you were sexy and drop dead gorgeous didn't hurt either.

Witchy said...

[giggles] If Dad is still around and hope he is , Dad will be wearing his gun .

Witchy said...

Well I was not mpressed by money or who he was ...
Shit I always thought I was rich when I was growing up, we had a lot of food/clothes/cars and clothes. daddy gave us money to go to the store to buy junk and I had a plenty of love ...now if that's not rich ...please tell me what is .

Genie said...

Man is going to be like you and yet very unique in his own way. He will have a great sense of humor, very funny.And he will be a bit outrageous and a bit wild just like my wildman.

Wildman has beautiful golden curls but he likes to shave his head down to a little fuzz now. Such a shame. He loves Australia and I think he will live there.

Genie said...

Your childhood was very rich indeed. Kids really don't need much more than a full belly and lots of love.

Witchy said...

Dad asked Eloise did she have any money he need a couple of dollars.She said yes and he said okay he would get it later .
He told her if he couldn't pay his rent this month could he stay with her and she said she had to ask me or his son she don't think we would put him out and he told her she wasn't any fun.

Witchy said...

The lady on Craig now sounds like she's from south Louisiana,she talks like us .

Witchy said...

Turn on Craig ...she's a hoot , they are cooking .

Genie said...

HA!...Eloise has got to learn to go with the moment and string dad along. He was inviting her to have fun with him but she didn't get it.

I think Man will have Dad's sense of humor.

Witchy said...

That means the girls parents like him , I hope if he stay he will get into a good school .

Genie said...

Better wrap it up for the night Honey. The hour grows late.
By the way; You and Gil are so right about Jill. Let her grow and mature at her own pace. She should be a little girl as long as it takes. She shouldn't be forced to grow up too fast. Growing up isn't just about a person's IQ.

Witchy said...

Man tickles me , I put the bell on him and he's learned to take it off , he will looked for her and throw it at her and run .
I told Eloise that about dad , she says he seem so serious .

Genie said...

That lady chef is a riot. He should spend more time with the guests and not so much time doing his dumb old schtick.

Witchy said...

Thankyou dear friend I know you would understand about my little girl because your twins likes to read because you and their mother read and write a lot .

I will say goodnight and see you at twilight by the pond .
Goodnite ..HUGS & KISSES...PIC
Kiss the Rock

Witchy said...

PS" the lady chef sounds just like us .

Genie said...

So my favorite southerner, Good night and fare thee well until we meet again.
I will meet you up on the roof, under the stars with a nice bottle of Chianti and we will discuss the important things in the world like how slow Gil F***s.
Goodnight...pleasant dreams..buckets of luv...PIC the Genie.

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