Texas Rape Convict Freed by DNA Evidence After 25 Years


After hearing apologies from the judge and the prosecutor, Larry Fuller, 58, walked out of a Dallas courthouse Tuesday a free man, freed by DNA evidence after serving 25 years for rape. “There’s no bitterness,” he said. “This is what life is about – trial and tribulation.” But with 10 such exonerations in the last five years, Dallas law enforcement should undergo a critical self-examination, said lawyer Barry Scheck, co-director of the national Innocence Project.

Fuller was convicted in 1981 ans sentenced to 50 years in prison in a case based largely upon eyewitness identification, reports the Dallas Morning News. Dallas police have volunteered to try out progressive new eyewitness identification techniques recommended by the Police Executive Research Forum. Yet Assistant District Attorney John Rolater, who supervises the office’s appeals for DNA testing, disputed that 10 exonerations are a cause for concern since his office prosecutes about 20,000 cases a year.

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