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Texas Man Cleared of 1981 Murder That DNA Proves He Didn't Commit

Society & Culture  (tags: culture, corruption, humans, GoodNews )

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"Testifying falsely in exchange for an incentive - in this case a sentence reduction - is often the last resort for a desperate prisoner," said Benjet. "Incentivized testimony has contributed to more than 15% of the 302 DNA exonerations.

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Sharon W. (4)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 5:45 pm

Phyllis P (237)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 6:07 pm
Arledge was convicted of the crime based in large part on the testimony of Bennie Lamas and Paula Lucas, who were his two co-defendants in an armed robbery in Tennessee that occurred shortly after the Armstrong murder. Lamas, who recently recanted his testimony and admitted that he persuaded Lucas to corroborate his testimony, told the jury that Arledge confessed to the murder while they were on their way to Tennessee. Lamas, who admitted receiving favorable consideration at sentencing for his crimes in Tennessee, now states that he falsely accused Arledge of the murder because Arledge had handed Lamas a gun right before they were arrested in Tennessee and because he was told by other inmates that Arledge was having an affair with Lucas. Despite a lack of physical evidence connecting Arledge to the crimes and alibi testimony from several witnesses, he was convicted of Armstrongís murder on March 27, 1984 and sentenced to 99 years in prison.


Carole Sarcinello (338)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 7:08 pm

Thanks so much for your devoted efforts to end the death penalty and reverse wrongful convictions, dear Phyllis!


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Thursday March 21, 2013, 7:45 pm

Constance F (418)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 11:38 pm
Ditto Carole ! I am grateful to your passion - because you have one ! Life means nothing. Just think - how we will so easily commit a human being to death knowing it could be wrong, and so easily we will slaughter innocent sentient beings. No difference at all.

Anna Undebeck (256)
Friday March 22, 2013, 2:07 am
disaster!!! Thank you Phyllis.

Past Member (0)
Friday March 22, 2013, 3:47 am

Carol D (346)
Friday March 22, 2013, 4:16 am
30 years in prison for something he didn't do!! Unbelievable!! I wish the man well!! Thanks Phyllis!!

Arild Gone for now (174)
Friday March 22, 2013, 6:03 am
Better late than never,thankfully they didn't use the deathpenalty.
Thanks Phyllis.

Ginger Geronimo (438)
Friday March 22, 2013, 11:48 am
It shouldn't have taken that long to clear him.

Angelika R (143)
Friday March 22, 2013, 11:54 am
Agree with Arild and I too am happy each time I learn that such,often FATAL errors in justice and foul deals are clarified and renounced! Let's continue to get death penalty ABANDONED in ALL STATES and these plea bargains and deals must also end! Thanks so much for this Phyllis and Charles for the heads up ! Happy for Arledge!

Beth M (138)
Friday March 22, 2013, 3:06 pm
What a shame. It's wonderful that we now have DNA testing to protect the innocent.

Pat B (356)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 8:43 am
I read about this case in the local paper here in TX., yesterday. It's good to know that Mr. Arledge has been freed based on the facts of this case. How many others??! Thank you, Phyllis for this post.

Elizabeth Fuller (134)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 8:45 am
Just shows how lazy law enforcement along with detective work has become as they would rather have an open and shut case by offering deals for false testimony instead of "hitting the pavement" and actually getting their facts strait. They are all out to lunch.

Pat B (356)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 8:57 am
I am also following the case of Mr.Mark Norwood in San Angelo, TX., who is charged w/the murder of Christine Morton in 1986. Mr. Michael Morton (Christine's husband), was exonerated (by DNA), after spending close to 25 years in prison for a crime that he did NOT commit in 2011.
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JL A (281)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 10:08 am
Another example of how innocent people get killed when there is a death penalty

Sheryl G (360)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 12:58 pm
This is why I'm against the death penalty for if one innocent person is killed by the State, which is in all of our names who live in that State, then it is one too many. I don't want that blood on my hands, that makes me and the rest who live in that State actually party to the murder.

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 2:08 pm
What a terrible injustice. Thank goodness new forensic sciences are making this a nearly impossible occurrence.

Carmen S (611)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 2:28 pm
wow, happy to hear that he is now free, but why did it take so long?

tiffany t (142)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 2:49 pm
another reason to abolish the death penalty

Birgit W (160)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 3:41 pm
What an injustice. Thank God he was not killed!

Winnie A (179)
Saturday March 23, 2013, 6:34 pm
So very sad it took this long for him to get freed. Now they should find out who actually did the crime.

Laure Sturdevant (88)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 12:58 am
I wouldn't step foot in Texas. I wish they would secede.

Jocelyn Koopmann (57)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 2:12 am
Noted. Well done Phyllis, also Charles he sent this to me too. Thank you both. Yes this is another story that confirms there should be NO death penalty.

Jere W (9)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 4:10 am
Noted. Thanks so much!

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 6:41 pm
Took them long enough to exonerate Mr. Arledge! Pleased that he is now free, but how does he get back the 30 years he served for a crime he never committed? He should be given something for having served innocently all this time. Injustice! Thanks Phyllis.

Past Member (0)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 9:10 pm

Kathryn Niell (112)
Monday March 25, 2013, 12:04 pm
I'm really glad Mr. Arledge has his life back, but 30 years for a crime he didn't commit is awful. I'm wondering if he received any compensation for his wrongful conviction?

lee e (114)
Monday March 25, 2013, 9:11 pm
I agreee with "Dandelion" - all of the deaths committed within the prison system and all the toture done in Iraq these are abuses done in our name - and if you have a desire to be moral, you don't allow anything immoral done in "your name" - especially when it takes the life of another!

Charlene Rush (79)
Monday March 25, 2013, 11:17 pm
As William Blackstone, an English jurist said,
'Better, 10 guilty men go free than to convict a single innocent man'.

Even though DNA has made finding criminals easier and more accurate, people will find a way to circumvent this procedure.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday March 26, 2013, 8:34 am
Henriette's comment makes me ask this question: Is there NO financial compensation in such cases for long term prison sentences served and then set free proven innocent???? Of course these people must get justice in form of a restitution at the very least!

Lisa Zarafonetis (168)
Tuesday March 26, 2013, 9:50 pm
OMG! Pitiful!!! :(

Sara P (54)
Thursday March 28, 2013, 9:43 am
Noted and shared, thank you Phyllis.

Mary Furlong (199)
Thursday March 28, 2013, 4:19 pm
This is the reason I have never been nor ever will be an advocate for capitol punishment!!! Mistakes DO happen, it would be naive to believe otherwise.

Laurie H (817)
Thursday March 28, 2013, 6:51 pm
Thanks for sending over Sara & Phyllis many thanks for your passion and convictions. Shared and so sorry for this man, who was innocent and kept from his family and entire life for far too long.~
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