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Innocence Project

Lydell Grant
Jon Shapley / Houston Chronicle via Associated Press

Authorities said they will begin the process to exonerate a Houston man who was convicted in a 2010 fatal stabbing that investigators now believe was committed by someone else.

Christopher Connelly / KERA News

A man who spent almost 19 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit was declared innocent in a Tarrant County courtroom on Wednesday.

John Nolley, now 44, was wrongfully convicted in 1998 of murdering a Bedford woman based largely on the testimony of a lying jailhouse informant. Two decades later, his good name has been restored, and his case helped spur changes in Texas law.

Paul Moseley / Fort Worth Star-Telegram

John Nolley always insisted he didn't kill his friend.

He spent nearly 19 years locked up for the gruesome murder. Then, a judge released him from prison, citing evidence that undermined the jailhouse informant who testified against him – evidence never given to his lawyers during the trial.

Three men convicted of a nearly 20-year-old aggravated robbery of a woman in Dallas have been declared innocent of the crime.

56 year old Rickey Wyatt is celebrating his first morning of freedom after 31 years behind bars. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports Wyatt was released from Dallas County Jail Wednesday after officials agreed his conviction was so flawed, he likely did not commit the crime.

In Judge John Creuzot’s court room packed with Wyatt’s lawyers, friends and relatives, the judge got the point.