The Innocence Project has conducted DNA testing on a key piece of evidence in the case of Claude Jones. The result: The evidence was not from Mr. Jones.
But don't waste your breath congratulating him; Texas executed him on Dec. 7, 2000.
On December 7, 2000, Claude Jones was executed in Texas for a murder he always maintained he didn’t commit. Nearly a decade after his execution, DNA testing proved in 2010 that the central evidence tying Jones to the crime scene — a hair fragment — was not his.
Texas most probably also wrongfully executed Cameron Todd Willingham, a father accused of torching his own home with his children inside.
Willingham went to his execution in 2004 proclaiming his innocence in the deaths of his 1-year-old twins and 2-year-old step daughter.
TX Gov. Rick Perry has been doing everything in his power to stymie investigations into his handling of Willingham's execution, which Perry refused to postpone.
It is well past time for a nationwide moratorium on the death penalty. How long until Texas executes another innocent man?