Man Released After 30 Years In Prison For Crime He Didn’t Commit, Wants Name Cleared

LEBANON, Tenn. – Lawrence McKinney spent half his life in prison for a crime he did not commit. DNA evidence cleared McKinney, but the state still hasn’t exonerated him.

“Thirty-one years, nine months, 18 days and 12 hours,” is the time McKinney said he spent behind bars.

In 1977, McKinney was sentenced to life in prison for rape, but three years ago science cleared him and he was released.

“The DNA evidence was conclusive.  A mistake was made and an injustice occurred,” said David Raybin, one of McKinney’s attorneys.  Raybin figured McKinney would easily qualify for state compensation, that is monies for those wrongly imprisoned.


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