Exonerated After Execution: 12 Men (And One Woman) Found Innocent After Being Put to Death

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Jesse Tafero

Jesse Tafero was executed in 1990 for murdering a state trooper in Florida, based largely on the testimony of a man who was present at the seat of the crime and took a plea bargain to avoid a death sentence. Walter Rhodes received a life sentence for his participation in the 1976 crime and fingered Tafero — but his sentence was later overturned based on the same evidence used to send Tafero to the electric chair. Tafero’s execution was one of the most gruesome in the state’s history and played a large part in Florida moving to death by lethal injection.

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