(January 31,2019) Yesterday, for the first time in Innocence Project history, two clients were exonerated and released in unrelated cases on the same day. In fact, within an hour of one another, our clients Kevin Bailey in Chicago and Malcolm Alexander in Jefferson Parish were exonerated and released from prison. Both men lost decades of their lives for crimes that they didn’t commit. Check out some of yesterday’s exciting and emotional moments as each of the men were reunited with their families and celebrated by their legal teams.
Bailey, represented by the Innocence Project and the People’s Law Office, was cleared of a 1989 murder conviction for which he spent almost 30 years wrongfully incarcerated. DNA testing from the crime scene and other evidence proved that Bailey and his codefendant Corey Batchelor were physically coerced into falsely confessing. Batchelor, represented by the Exoneration Project and the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth, was also exonerated. Learn the details of the case here.
Yesterday, Alexander was proven innocent of a 1979 rape for which he was convicted based on a deeply flawed and unreliable identification procedure. He spent almost 38 years in Angola prison until DNA testing proved he’d been wrongfully convicted. Read more about his case here.
Alexander reunited with his 9-month-old puppy Inn, short for innocent on January 31, 2018. Inn lived on the Angola farm.
“I feel beautiful. I feel happy, very happy. I feel happy for her. ‘I told you we gone’ be free.'” #MalcolmAlexander free after 38 years with his 9-month-old pup Inn https://t.co/OJjdaq0n6k pic.twitter.com/qC3CfSa0Zr
— Innocence Project (@innocence) January 31, 2018