Cornelius Dupree Jr. after he was exomerated.
A 51 Year-old Texan man has been declared free, after sending the last 30 year-old in jail for a crime he didnt commit.
Cornelius Dupree Jr. on Tuesday 4th January, 2011, was exonerated by DNA evidences that proud this innocence.
Depree Jr, was in 1980, sentenced to 75 years in prison, for the rape and robbery of a 26-year-old Dallas woman a year earlier.
Dupree 20, when he was arrested in December 1979 while walking to a party with another guy named Massingill. Apparently he matched the description of a different rape and robbery that had occurred the previous day.
Reports are that Police presented their pictures in a Photo line up to the victim and she picked out both Massingill and Dupree. Her male companion, who also was robbed, did not pick out either man when showed the same photo lineup.
Court records about the details of the case are that , in November 1979, the woman and her male companion stopped at a Dallas liquor store to buy cigarettes and use a payphone. As they returned to their car, two men, at least one of whom was armed, forced their way into the vehicle and ordered them to drive. They also demanded money from the two victims.
The men eventually ordered the car to the side of the road and forced the male driver out of the car. The woman attempted to flee but was pulled back inside.
The perpetrators drove the woman to a nearby park, where they raped her at gunpoint. They debated killing her but eventually let her live, keeping her rabbit-fur coat and her driver’s license and warning her they would kill her if she reported the assault to police. The victim ran to the nearest highway where she collapsed unconscious by the side of the road, where she was later discovered.
In 1980, Dupree was convicted of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. He spent the next three decades appealing to the Court of Criminal Appeals where he was turned down three times.
Depree Jr, is said to have had at least two chances to make parole and be set free, if only he would admit he was a sex offender. He however, refused to do so, constancely maintaining his innocence in a 1979 rape and robbery. This saw him, serving more time for a crime he didn’t commit than any other Texas inmate exonerated by DNA evidence.
Tuesday minutes after a Dallas judge overturned his conviction, Depree was said to continue to admit to his innonce with the comments,’whatever your truth is, you have to stick with it.’
Depree Jr, was reportedly, released in July 2010, on mandatory supervision, and lived under house arrest until October. About a week after his release his DNA test results came back proving his innocence in the sexual assault.
His exoneration hearing was however delayed until Tuesday while authorities retested the DNA and made sure it was a match to the victim.
A day after his release, Dupree married his fiancee, Selma. The couple met two decades ago while he was in prison.