In reviewing his case in 1991, three Supreme Court Justices, said they had doubts about O'Dell's guilt and whether he should have been allowed to represent himself. Court of Appeals reinstated his death sentence and upheld his conviction. O'Dell asked the state to conduct DNA tests on other pieces of evidence to demonstrate his innocence but was refused. Read "Virginia Inmate Executed Despite International Campaign" by CNN (July 23, 1997) See "Commonwealth v.
This was the fourth investigation between 2004-2006 pointing to the execution of a probably innocent man.
Similar questions had been raised in the cases of Cameron Todd Willingham and Ruben Cantu in Texas, and Larry Griffin in Missouri.
There is no way to tell how many of the more than 1,450 people executed since 1976 may also have been innocent.
Courts do not generally entertain claims of innocence when the defendant is dead.
Defense attorneys move on to other cases where clients' lives can still be saved.
Some cases with strong evidence of innocence include: Carlos De Luna: Texas — Conviction: 1983, Executed: 1989Ruben Cantu: Texas — Conviction: 1985, Executed: 1993Larry Griffin: Missouri — Conviction: 1981, Executed: 1995Joseph O'Dell: Virginia — Conviction: 1986, Executed: 1997David Spence: Texas — Conviction: 1984, Executed: 1997Leo Jones: Florida — Conviction: 1981, Executed: 1998Gary Graham: Texas — Conviction: 1981, Executed: 2000Claude Jones: Texas — Conviction: 1989, Executed: 2000Cameron Willingham: Texas — Conviction: 1992, Executed: 2004Carlos De Luna Texas Conviction: 1983, Executed: 1989 A Chicago Tribune investigation released in 2006 revealed groundbreaking evidence that Texas may have executed an innocent man in 1989.
" - Dan Rather Reports reveals new details surrounding two capital murder cases in Texas - leading to the executions of Ruben Cantu and Carlos De Luna that may have occurred as the result of flawed evidence (September 2007).
Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed issued a report in 2007 finding that Ruben Cantu was guilty of the crime for which Texas executed him in 1993.
They told me they were certain it was him, and that's why I testified. Miriam Ward, forewoman of the jury that convicted Cantu, said the jury's decision was the best they could do based on the information presented during the trial.
She noted, "With a little extra work, a little extra effort, maybe we'd have gotten the right information.
Louis Circuit Attorney concluded that Larry Griffin was guilty after an extensive review.