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Kansas Inmate Freed After Doppelganger Found 17 Years Later

Source: 
NBC News
Author: 
Mary Emily O'Hara
Date: 
Monday, June 12, 2017

"Richard Jones spent 17 years in prison for a crime he has always insisted he didn't commit. Then attorneys discovered he had a doppelganger: a man who looked nearly identical to him and had a similar name.

On Thursday, Jones was released from prison after witnesses said they could barely tell the difference between the two men and no longer thought Jones was guilty.

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Alice Craig, an attorney with the University of Kansas Innocence Project, helped work to release Jones for the past two years. She told NBC News the original conviction had been a perfect storm of mistakes, ranging from shoddy detective work to potential racial bias. In addition, the entire case rested on eyewitness testimony. There was no other evidence linking Jones to the crime, and he didn't even know the two other men in the car."

Faculty name: 
Alice Craig