Top 10 Criminals That Were Declared Innocent After They Got Killed

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There are certain criminals that were given the death penalty because they were connected with unforgivable crimes.

 

1. Carlos De Luna

Carlos De Luna was found under a truck when Wanda Lopez was killed in a gas station. De Luna told the judge that Carlos Hernandez was the person they were looking for but despite the other man’s colorful criminal record, they ignored his pleas. De Luna was executed in 1989.

2. Larry Griffin

Larry Griffin was arrested after Quintin Moss was shot to death in 1980. Even though his fingerprints could not be found at the crime scene, other evidence was allegedly found against him. He was executed in 1995 and 10 years later a professor declared that Larry was indeed, innocent.

 

3. Ruben Cantu

Ruben Cantu and David Garza robbed two men at gunpoint in 1984. One of the victims panicked and started looking for his pistol because of which the two boys started shooting and killed him. Even though no evidence was found, Cantu was convicted and executed.

 

4. David Spence

David Spence was convicted on the grounds that he raped and killed three girls in Texas. The man received the death penalty even though no concrete evidence was found against him.

 

5. Jesse Tafero

Jesse Tafero, Walter Rhodes and Sonia Jacobs were found by three police officers in 1976. Rhodes says that Tafero then shot at the two officers. He also said that the other two were responsible and he was released after about 20 years from jail. Tafero was executed in 1990 but it was recently found that Rhodes had shot at the officers, not him.

 

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  • StingStungMe

    Your title is extremely misleading. These people were NOT declared innocent. At best there may be doubt to their guilt.
    “The DNA evidence was demolished recently which can only mean that somebody else had carried out the crime.”
    I can’t believe you had the gall to put that in an article.

  • Kristin

    Not to mention that the author repeatedly mentions that the suspect continued to say they were innocent, and that no one believed them. Do I really need to mention the fact that claiming innocence does NOT equal innocence? Shoddy article.