Why A Man Declared Innocent Can't Get Out Of Prison

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Just past 10 p.m. on a summer night, attorney Cheryl Wattley is standing near a quiet street in West Dallas, reconstructing an old crime. It's a moonless night. One street light and one porch light from a nearby house illumine the scene, nearly identical conditions to the night 30 years ago, when a young man was left to die on the street not too far from here. Wattley points toward a man standing under the street light, a private investigator named Daryl Parker, as he positions himself in the alley 40 feet away. "Can you identify him?" she asks. I squint. It's nearly impossible to see anything. "You see a silhouette of a man," Wattley says. "You can't even see his face." On the night of the killing, witnesses said they could see more than a...

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