Exonerated Death Row Inmates Found Innocent After Executed [Part 3]
Giving thanks to Atlanta Post for the info!
Baker is the only woman to have been executed in the state of Georgia during the 20th Century. She was pardoned 60 years after her execution in 2005 by the state, who called the failure of the all white male jury to grant her clemency “a grievous error.” Baker was executed for shooting her employer in self-defense, who had evidently imprisoned her and was threatening her with death at the time of his killing. She shot him with the gun he had been attacking her with in a desperate act to save her life — hardly a murder. [Source]
Claude Jones was executed in 2000 after being convicted of murdering Allen Hilzendager in 1990. A career criminal operating in the state of Texas, Jones was charged with the murder despite the lone piece of DNA evidence — a hair sample — later being determined to belong to the victim and not him. Former president George W. Bush — then the governor of Texas — denied Jones a stay of execution.
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.
Stay tuned for final part 4