See These Beautiful Photos of John Nolley’s Exoneration Day!

By Innocence Staff

John Nolley embraces his wife Kimya and son John Nolley III at his exoneration on October 3, 2018. Photo: Ron Jenkins.

John Nolley was exonerated yesterday in Tarrant County, Texas. At yesterday’s court hearing attended by Nolley, his family and his legal team, and representatives from the District Attorney’s Office and Bedford Police Department, Judge Louis Sturns granted Criminal District Attorney Sharen Wilson’s motion to dismiss Nolley’s 1997 murder charges based on actual innocence. After 21 years of seeking justice, John Nolley is finally free.

Here are some photos of Nolley’s first moments of freedom in 21 years. All photos by Ron Jenkins.

John Nolley hugs his attorney, Innocence Project Senior Staff Attorney Nina Morrison, after he was exonerated.

Nolley kisses his 10-month-old son John Nolley III.

Nolley celebrates his freedom with his wife Kim.

Nolley smiles for the cameras with his family.

“I’m just overjoyed.”

Read the press release here.


  1. Rev. E. A. Lizard Cisco

    Bless you.

  2. Helen Campbell

    Welcome home Bless You and your long, painful journey to home. I am sorry.

  3. Tina Allain

    I am so happy for you have a good rest of your life!!

  4. Carlor Beard

    I am so happy for you and your family!
    Blessings and much joy and peace.
    God be with you!

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