Archives for July 2010

Michael Green freed by DNA after 27 years!

Michael Green was convicted of rape in 1983 and sentenced to 75 years in prison. But last Wednesday, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in Texas announced that new DNA testing proved that Green was not involved in the assault. Green said he can’t help but be angry about the time that he lost. The process Green […]

Police Reopen 40-Year-Old Homicide Case of Leon Jordan

Police want to reopen the cold case of Leon Jordan. Kansas City police announced this today. Leon Jordan was a civil rights and political leader. In a news release, police said that they “have located the weapon used in the murder and partial fingerprints taken from the weapon and cars around the crime scene. The fingerprints […]

Probable cause but no motive: Kyron Horman

Detectives say there is probable cause to arrest Kyron Horman’s stepmother for the murder-for-hire plot of her husband, Kaine Horman, and possibly for the 7-year-old’s disappearance, according to a former sheriff’s official. “The detectives are telling them they have probable cause to arrest Terri Horman right now at least for murder for hire and possibly […]

Allen Porter free after 19 years

He spent half of his life in prison for a rape and robbery he did not commit. But last Friday, at the age of 39, Allen Porter is finally a free man. Porter’s case stemmed from a robbery and sexual assault at an apartment in southwest Houston on June 18, 1990. Three masked robbers burst […]

Political meddling and apathy in Willingham case

Political meddling and apathy in Willingham case has me despondent. A Texas state board said last Friday that arson investigators in the Willingham case used flawed science but were not negligent in an investigation that led to a controversial 2004 execution. The panel also said that investigators did not commit misconduct. Cameron Todd Willingham was […]

The 2004 Willingham execution

Cameron Todd Willingham was executed in 2004 for a fire that killed his three daughters. Prosecutors argued that Willingham deliberately set the 1991 blaze — but three reviews of the evidence by outside experts have found the fire should not have been ruled arson. The last of those reports was ordered by the Texas Forensic […]

Amber Nicklas back in Foster Care

Amber Nicklas has learned her true name and is being given therapy to cope with the trauma of leaving the only family she remembers, an investigator said Monday. Amber was placed with an undisclosed California foster family until authorities can decide where she finally will live, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Capt. Patrick Maxwell said. He had no immediate […]