Dallas man freed by DNA testing after 27 years in prison

Another innocent life ruined.

James Lee Woodard is the 17th person to be freed by DNA testing in Dallas County, which holds the dubious honor of having more DNA exonerations than any other county in the nation.

Another fine moment in the history of “Texas Justice”.

Dallas man freed by DNA testing after 27 years in prison

By SCHUYLER DIXON, Associated Press Writer Tue Apr 29, 12:43 PM ET

DALLAS – A Dallas man who spent more than 27 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit was freed Tuesday, after being incarcerated longer than any other wrongfully convicted U.S. inmate cleared by DNA testing.

James Lee Woodard stepped out of the courtroom and raised his arms to a throng of photographers. Supporters and other people gathered outside the court erupted in applause.

“No words can express what a tragic story yours is,” state District Judge Mark Stoltz told Woodard at a brief hearing before his release.

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