DNA Spares Texan After 18 Years In Prison For Rape


Arthur Mumphrey, after spending spending 18 years in prison for a rape he did not commit, is inding that being on the outside can be overwhelming, says the New York Times. Texas Gov. Rick Perry pardoned Mumphrey, 42, on March 17 after a DNA test indicated that he did not sexually assault a 13-year-old seventh grader. “I was very blessed not to have the death penalty,” Mumphrey said. “I’d probably be dead right now. The legal system is a hard system to wrestle, especially in Texas.”

Mumphrey’s younger brother, Charles, who is in jail on an unrelated crime, confessed earlier this year to participating in the rape. He cannot be charged because the statute of limitations has expired. It took three years to track down evidence taken from the suspects and victim after the attack.

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/28/national/28mumphrey.html

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