State of Conviction: Tennessee
Wrongful Conviction: Murder, Rape
Exonerated Date: 2009
Years Served: 22
Paul House served 22 years on death row in Tennessee before DNA evidence of his innocence – and the intervention of the U.S. Supreme Court – led to his release. Paul was arrested for the murder and rape of Carolyn Muncey. On June 12, 2006, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that any “reasonable juror” would probably not have convicted had they been aware of the new forensic evidence in his favor, and sent his case back to the district court in Tennessee for a full review. DNA testing conducted after the conviction showed that semen on the victim belonged to Carolyn’s husband, not Paul. In light of the DNA test results and other evidence, prosecutors dropped all charges against Paul on May 12, 2009. Today Paul lives with his mother, Joyce, and is permanently confined to a wheelchair because of his multiple sclerosis.
Source: Witness to Innocence
Read more about Paul’s story here.