One elderly woman sat with us in her living room, wearing a pink nightgown. “I should have followed my conscience,” she said, her hands shaking. “I hope he can forgive me.” It’s unclear if she’s seeking forgiveness from the innocent man she sent to death row, or God himself. Four years after Henry McCollum’s exoneration, jurors are still wrestling with their role.
Eleven of 12 jurors wanted to execute Darryl Hunt, but one refused to waver. Only because of that single juror was Hunt spared being executed for a rape and murder he did not commit. He was not spared, however, from spending 18 years in prison for the crime — 10 of those after DNA evidence […]
Levon “Bo” Jones was convicted of robbing and killing a man based almost entirely on the testimony of a single witness, who told at least five different stories during the course of the investigation. The witness finally recanted her testimony, but not before Jones spent 15 years in prison, 13 of those on death row, […]