State of Conviction: Alabama
Wrongful Conviction: Robbery, Murder
Exonerated Date: 2001
Years Served: 6
Gary Drinkard spent close to six years on Alabama’s death row before being exonerated in 2001. He was sentenced to death in 1995 for robbery and murder. Unable to afford an attorney, he was assigned two lawyers with no experience trying criminal cases. Despite being at home at the time of the murders and suffering from a debilitating back injury, Gary was convicted and sentenced to death. Gary’s conviction rested on testimony by Gary’s half-sister and her common-law husband, both facing charges for unrelated crimes. In exchange for testifying, all the charges against Gary’s half-sister were dismissed.
Source: Witness to Innocence
Read more about Gary’s story here.