Press Release 10.03.18 Tarrant County District Attorney Dismisses Murder Charges Against John Nolley Based on Actual Innocence, Ending His 21 Year Fight for Justice By Innocence Staff

Annamaria,

I’m excited to share that today, after 21 years, our client John Nolley was exonerated in Texas.

John Nolley embraces his wife Kim and son John Nolley III at his exoneration today. Credit: Ron Jenkins.
The Innocence Project worked closely to reinvestigate this case with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office and local law enforcement, who devoted hundreds of hours to finding the truth. Today, Mr. Nolley was officially exonerated by the dismissal of the indictments on the grounds of actual innocence. It closes a painful journey for John, who was released in 2016 after serving 19 years of a life sentence for a murder he did not commit.

John was wrongfully convicted of the 1996 murder of his friend Sharon McLane based largely on the testimony of three informants. Evidence uncovered during a reinvestigation by the Tarrant County District Attorney’s newly established Conviction Integrity Unit revealed that those witnesses were not credible, and gave perjured testimony at trial. In addition, new technology was used to analyze a bloody palm print found at the crime scene and determined the print did not come from Mr. Nolley or the victim.

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Today, John is finally a truly free man. He is married to a childhood friend and they have a 10-month-old baby, John Nolley III. His exoneration based on “actual innocence” now makes him eligible for financial compensation from the State of Texas for the 19 years he served in prison.

We could not be more thrilled for John Nolley and his family today. Thank you for your support and commitment to justice.

 

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