A recent article by Christopher Wynn of Dallas News tells the story of Russell Buchanan, a Dallas man who became the prime suspect in the brutal murder of an SMU student back in 1984. While Buchanan was never charged in the incident, his story points out the kind of ordeal it can be to face intense police investigation and the stigma of being a murderer.
Wrongful convictions, as our Dallas readers know, are a powerful reminder of the potential pitfalls in our criminal justice system. One aspect of wrongful convictions that sometimes isn't highlighted the way it should be is prosecutorial oversight.
Wrongful convictions are always a good reminder of the importance of defendants aggressively responding to charges.
On Wednesday, a 36-year-old man was exonerated after spending 14 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. He had been sentenced to 40 years in prison after being convicted in the murder of a woman and the attempted murder of another man.
Last Wednesday, a Georgia woman was extradited back to Texas over four decades after being charged for the murder of her husband. The 76-year-old fugitive is currently being held without bond after appearing in Court last Friday to face murder charges.
In our previous post, we began looking at the death sentence of Steve Michael Woods, a Dallas man convicted in connection with the murder of two Dallas residents back in 2001.
Steve Michael Woods, a 31-year-old Dallas man convicted of murder is set to be put to death on Tuesday evening. Woods was convicted on the murder of a man and a woman in a North Dallas suburb back in 2002. But according to Woods, his friend Marcus Rhodes gunned the pair down, not Woods.
In our previous post, we began discussing the recent acquittal of Casey Anthony, whose murder trial has received a massive amount of media attention.