Two men are set to be exonerated for a false murder conviction in 1997.
Dallas, Texas (WiredPRNews.com) – Two men wrongly convicted of murder over ten years ago in Dallas are set to be acquitted after another inmate confessed to the crime. As reported by the Dallas Morning News, Claude Alvin Simmons, Jr., 54, and Christopher Shun Scott, 39, are set to be released from prison after being sentenced to life in 1997.
As noted in the report, the men were wrongly convicted of shooting and killing Alfonso Aguilar during a robbery. Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins is quoted in the report as stating of the exoneration, “The hard work and cooperation between DPD and the district attorney’s office have made this possible… This is a huge step forward for justice. Two innocent men will be exonerated for capital murder, and the two guilty parties are finally being brought to justice. DPD and its cold case unit are to be commended for their willingness to take a fresh look at what had been a closed case.”
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