DNA Clears Texan Jailed for 30 Years

Cornelius Dupree Jr. wrongfully convicted of 1979 rape, robbery
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2011 5:46 AM CST
This photo provided by The Innocence Project shows Cornelius Dupree Jr., right, and his wife Selma Perkins Dupree.    (AP Photo/Courtesy of The Innocence Project, ho)

(Newser) – A Texas man who spent 30 years in jail for a crime he didn't commit was cleared by a DNA test, and a Dallas County court is expected to exonerate him today. Cornelius Dupree Jr., 51, was 20 years old when he was jailed in connection with a 1979 rape and robbery. Test results proving his innocence arrived back a week after he was paroled in July last year, AP reports.

Dupree could have been paroled sooner if he had admitted guilt, according to a lawyer for the Innocence Project, the New York-based legal center that took up Dupree's case in 2007. If the conviction is overturned as expected, Dupree will be the longest-serving inmate in Texas to have been exonerated through DNA tests, and the third-longest nationwide.

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