Clarence Brandley

Clarence BrandleyState of Conviction: Texas

Race: African American

Wrongful Conviction: Murder

Exonerated Date: 1990

Years Served: 10

Clarence Brandley was working as a high school custodian when police arrested him for the murder of Cheryl Fergeson, a 16-year-old white student. When his white co-workers voiced suspicion of Clarence, the only black man on the staff, he was quickly arrested and charged. While the police interviewed Brandley and one of his white co-workers, an interrogator said, “One of you two is going to hang for this,” and told Clarence, “Since you’re the nigger, you’re elected.” He faced an all-white jury and was sentenced to death row.

Source: Witness to Innocence

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