Richard Miles, of Dallas, was officially exonerated February 15 of a murder and attempted murder he had spent 14 years in prison for.
Two police reports were hidden from his defense team. An eyewitness recanted his testimony in 2010. He said that he was never absolutely sure that he could identify Mr. Miles, but when he admitted this to the prosecutor before the trial, he was simply told exactly where Miles would be sitting in court. The trace analyst, in a later statement, changed her opinion of the gunshot residue evidence that helped convict him.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stated “no rational jury would convict him in light of the new evidence.”
Uh, it’s not new evidence. You dicks.
The police reports and gunshot residue are OLD evidence, in existence at the beginning of the case, but hidden or misinterpreted. Will there be any accountability for those that helped steal over a decade of this man’s life?
You may be asking yourself why, if we now have access to Carlos Coy’s own writing about his case, these stories about other exonerated prisoners matter. If you’re going to make the case that Coy was wrongfully convicted, first you have to lay the groundwork; you have to allow people to see that innocent men in prison is not just something you see in movies, but something real that could happen to anyone. So learn a few of these men’s names. Use them when someone asks you why you believe that Carlos Coy was wrongfully convicted.