The Innocence Project. 300 DNA exonerations and counting

The Innocence Project does it again! DNA testing frees a man after 15 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.

Damon Thibodeaux was sentenced to death for the New Orleans-area murder of his half-cousin Crystal Champagne based largely on his recanted confession. Thibodeaux spent 15 years in prison for the crime before his exoneration through DNA testing on September 28, 2012.

The prosecution’s own expert had concluded that Thibodeaux falsely confessed based on fear of the death penalty, but this information was never shared with the defense.