How evidence once thought destroyed helped free a man after 39 years behind bars for murder he didn’t commit

Tunnel vision convicts and open-mindedness exonerates 39 years later…


After Coley’s case was reopened, new tests found that a key piece of evidence used to convict Coley did not carry any of his DNA.  The Ventura County prosecutor Schwartz recognized the role tunnel vision played as the original detectives decided Coley was their man and failed to investigate other possible suspects.


Gov. Jerry Brown pardoned Coley on Wednesday, writing that the DNA evidence and a painstaking re-investigation of the case proved his innocence.

Read Coley’s story here

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