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

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Ruben Cantu

Cantu was executed in Texas in 1993 for a 1984 murder he likely didn’t commit. In an unrelated incident, Cantu got into an altercation with an off duty police officer and shot at him — after the investigation into the crime he was eventually executed for had become stalled. In a strange twist of fate, after Cantu shot at the cop the case was re-opened with Cantu as the prime suspect. The Houston Chronicle did an investigative report essentially suggesting the strong possibility that police in the city framed Cantu in retaliation for shooting at their colleague.

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