Exonerated Death Row Inmates Found Innocent After Executed [Part 2]
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Thomas Griffin and Meeks Griffin
Radio host Tom Joyner won pardons for these distant ancestors who were executed for a murder they didn’t commit. Thomas Griffin and Meeks Griffin were landowners who were accused of murdering an elderly Confederate veteran in 1913 based solely on the testimony of one man who was a known criminal. Joyner cleared their names in 2009.
Graham was executed in 2000 after 19 years on death row. In a case eerily similar to that of Troy Davis, Graham’s execution was also delayed for three hours for a last-second appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court for clemency, which was denied. Despite 33 reviews of his case, Graham could not escape his sentence. Yet, the only evidence against him was the testimony of one person “who said she saw the killer’s face for a few seconds through her car windshield, from a distance of 30-40 feet away” (Deathpenaltyinfo.org). His life was taken at 36.
Cameron Todd Willingham
Cameron Todd Willingham was convicted of intentionally murdering his three children through three fires he allegedly set in their home. Despite the fact that experts later testified that the original evidence of arson was incorrectly assessed, his appeals were denied. He was executed in 2004, after which his cased continued to be explored by forensics experts. These scientists have underscored that there is no evidence that Willingham committed this crime, or that the fires were started by him.
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