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Inmate Declared Innocent is Still in Texas Prison by Johnathan Silver March 17, 2016 3Comments

 

Although a Dallas County district judge decided he was innocent eight years ago, Ben Spencer remains behind bars for a 1987 aggravated robbery he insists he did not commit. After more than 15 years spent working with attorneys trying to clear his name and win his freedom, Spencer's team is searching for new evidence after being denied both parole and a pardon.

 

On the night of March 22, 1987, residents in a Dallas neighborhood found businessman Jeffrey Young face down in the street. Before he was pushed out of his own car, Young had apparently been taken from his office, beaten and forced into his BMW. He later died from multiple blows to the head.

 

Three eyewitnesses told police they saw Spencer and another man in and around Young's BMW. Spencer was arrested four days later and charged with murder. At his trial, a jailhouse informant claimed Spencer confessed to the murder. With testimony from those four witnesses — and no physical evidence linking him to the crime — the Dallas County district attorney's office secured murder convictions against Spencer and a co-defendant seven months after the crime. Scissors-32x32.pnghttp://www.texastribune.org/2016/03/17/inmate-convicted-murder-pursues-parole-exoneration/

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