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Executed but innocent

Updated on September 1, 2012

Carlos Deluna on the left, and Carlos Hernandez on the right.

Texas Executed an Innocent Man

In 1989 Texas executed an innocent man in 1989. Supporting evidence from a Chicago Tribune investigation that was released in 2006 revealed that Texas executed an innocent man. Reporters uncovered new evidence that points to another man, named Carlos Hernandez, whom had a record of similar crimes. Carlos Deluna, was executed for the fatal stabbing of a Texas convenience store clerk Wanda Lopez in 1983. The trial attracked a lot of attention in the news media, but not with concern that a guiltless man may be executed for a crime he did not commit, while the real murderer walks free. Deluna, whom was 20 yrs old at the time, maintained his innocence till the day he died. Carlos Hernandez confessed numerable times of committing the murder, but was ignored. Poor quality police work, the prosecutions failure to pursue another suspect, along with an impotent defense sent an innocent man to death row. The case of the murder and robbery of Wanda Lopez was treated by police and prosecutors like a robbery gone bad. Police took Deluna back to the scene of the crime. A customer filling his gas tank reported seeing Deluna putting a knife in his pocket before the crime. Another customer ran to the stores entrance and heard Deluna struggling with Lopez. A married couple identified him as the man they saw running from the scene. It was found that eye witnesses stories conflicted with each other. Prosecutors and police ignored tips found in case files that Carlos Hernandez had a reputation with knives. What witnesses said about the appearance of the suspect gave the impression they were describing more than one person. Deluna took the fall in a case of mistaken identity.


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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      One time is too many; this sort of thing happens often in the United States. Very interesting and informative hub!

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      April 4 years ago from Columbus,Ga


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