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

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David Wayne Spence

“Any intelligent person who takes a close and honest look at the David Wayne Spence case will see that it was a travesty,” The New York Times reported in 1997. Spence was convicted of murdering three teenagers in Texas in 1982 based on what many now believe were fabricated accounts by jail house stool pigeons eager for early release. He was executed by lethal injection, despite the fact that abundant physical evidence was found at the scene of the crime — and none of it matched Spence.

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