Falsely convicted Bedford grandfather now a free man

Sunday, May 22 2016


John Nolly, 42, was released from prison on Tuesday, May 17 after spending 19 years incarcerated for a murder he did not commit.

His release came as the result of work by the Tarrant County district attorney’s office, the Innocence Project (our sister innocence project in New York City) and Fort Worth attorney Reagan Wynn.

Read the full story at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The Fort Worth district attorney's office was very careful NOT to call Nolly's release an "exoneration." Technically, the DA could try Nolly again for the crime. However, given the flaws in the case, that will be very unlikely.

In a future hearing, Innocence Project attorneys will try to get the court to acknowledge Nolly's "actual innocence." Such a finding will allow Nolly to pursue compensation by the State of Texas for his wrongful conviction.