Oklahoma Judge Says Man Who Wrongfully Jailed For Nearly 50 Years In Murder Case Is Innocent

Wagswoofs – In a remarkable turn of events, an Oklahoma judge has granted exoneration to a man who unjustly spent nearly 50 years behind bars for a murder he did not commit. This individual holds the unfortunate distinction of being the longest-serving inmate to be officially declared innocent of a crime.

Glynn Simmons, a 71-year-old man, was declared innocent on Tuesday after being released in July. Prosecutors acknowledged that crucial evidence in his case had not been provided to his defense lawyers.

According to the ruling by Oklahoma County District Judge Amy Palumbo, it has been established by clear and convincing evidence that the offense for which Mr. Simmons was convicted, sentenced, and imprisoned was not committed by him.

According to The National Registry of Exonerations, Simmons holds the record for the longest time served by an exonerated inmate in the United States. He spent an astonishing 48 years, one month, and 18 days behind bars before his conviction was overturned.

Simmons expressed a sense of vindication following his release from prison, where he had been sentenced to death row.

“It’s a powerful lesson in resilience and tenacity,” Simmons expressed during a brief news conference after the ruling. “Never let anyone tell you that exoneration is impossible, because it truly can happen.”

Simmons insists that he was in Louisiana when Carolyn Sue Rogers was killed in 1974 at an Edmond liquor store. He maintains his innocence.

In July, Palumbo granted Simmons a new trial. District Attorney Vicki Behenna acknowledged that the prosecution had not shared crucial evidence, including a police report indicating that an eyewitness may have identified different suspects in the case.

In September, Behenna acknowledged that there is no longer any physical evidence in the case against Simmons. She made the decision not to retry him, but she still opposed declaring him actually innocent.

On Wednesday, a representative for Behenna refrained from providing an immediate response.

According to defense attorney Joe Norwood, the recent ruling has made Simmons eligible for potential compensation of up to $175,000 from the state for his wrongful conviction. Moreover, this ruling has also paved the way for a federal lawsuit against Oklahoma City and the law enforcement officials responsible for Simmons’ arrest and conviction.

According to Norwood, it is expected that compensation will not be received for several years. Currently, Simmons relies on donations to support himself while he undergoes treatment for cancer, which was discovered after he was released from prison.

According to Norwood, Glynn is currently relying on GoFundMe to sustain his daily needs such as paying rent and buying food. Norwood expressed concern over the uncertainty of obtaining compensation in the future, emphasizing the immediate importance of Glynn’s ability to support himself.

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