Tuesday, Oct 13th

Last update12:08:14 AM GMT

You are here News Human Rights Wrong man was executed in Texas, probe says

Wrong man was executed in Texas, probe says

E-mail Print PDF

Even "all the relatives of both Carloses mistook them," and DeLuna was sentenced to death and executed based only on eyewitness accounts despite a range of signs he was not a guilty man, said law professor James Liebman.

Liebman and five of his students at Columbia School of Law spent almost five years poring over details of a case that he says is "emblematic" of legal system failure.

The report's authors found "numerous missteps, missed clues and missed opportunities that let authorities prosecute Carlos DeLuna for the crime of murder, despite evidence not only that he did not commit the crime but that another individual, Carlos Hernandez, did," the 780-page investigation found.

The report, entitled "Los Tocayos Carlos: Anatomy of a Wrongful Execution," traces the facts surrounding the February 1983 murder of Wanda Lopez, a single mother who was stabbed in the gas station where she worked in a quiet corner of the Texas coastal city of Corpus Christi.

"I didn't do it, but I know who did," DeLuna said at the time, saying that he saw Carlos Hernandez entering the service station.
DeLuna said he ran from police because he was on parole and had been drinking.

Hernandez, known for using a blade in his attacks, was later jailed for murdering a woman with the same knife. But in the trial, the lead prosecutor told the jury that Hernandez was nothing but a "phantom" of DeLuna's imagination.



Most Recent Related Stories...

Supreme Court won't decide if solitary confinement is constitutional

SC won't take up solitary confinementThe Supreme Court declined Tuesday to decide whether states' use of solitary confinement for prisoners on...

National Review Helped Cover Up Pinochet's Crimes

Pinochetewly declassified documents released by the Obama administration confirm the long-held suspicion that in 1976 the...

ACLU sues psychologists over CIA interrogation tactics

ACLU sues psychologists over tortureThe American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Tuesday against two CIA contractors who designed and...

Pentagon to pay compensation over Afghan hospital bombing

Petagon to pay Afghan hospital victimsThe Pentagon has announced it will pay compensation to families of those killed and the injured...
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support!
TVNL Tee Shirt
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support!
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support!
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!