Texas Inmate Wrongly Convicted for Murder Freed After 15 Years

October 15, 2009

(ChattahBox)— Richard Miles was just 19 years old, when he was convicted of murder and sentenced to 40 years in prison for a crime that he likely didn’t commit. Now, after 15 years in prison he was released from custody, after prosecutors admitted that his trial was tainted by the failure to notify Miles or his attorney of another man’s confession. There were also problems with how the police handled the eye witness identification of Miles, which was the key piece of evidence used to convict him.

Miles had been convicted for a shooting that left one person dead. During the investigation, the Dallas police received a call from a woman reporting another man’s confession to the shooting. The information about the confession was never reported to the defense.

Additionally, the testimony of a key eye witness was riddled with problems. The witness identified Miles only after having seen him escorted out of a police car in handcuffs. She later picked him out of a photo line up where Miles was the only man wearing a white tank top. The gunman was also described as wearing a white tank top.

Miles, now 34, plans to pursue a formal finding of innocence, so that he would be eligible for monetary compensation under Texas law for time spent in prison, after being found innocent.



One Response to “Texas Inmate Wrongly Convicted for Murder Freed After 15 Years”

  1. Lil Matt on December 17th, 2009 6:56 pm

    Hey Richard i don’t know if you are going to read this are not but if so I am glad you are out. Now i know you are probably wondering who I am this is Lil Matt from the coffield unit, I heard about your release on the news but i didnt see it and i was wondering if it was you and i pulled it up on the web. i say your picture you still look the same but a little grey up top. But anyways glad to hear you out so take care if we never contact again but I will try.

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