DNA test casts doubt on executed Texas man's guilt

A DNA test on a single hair has cast doubt on the guilt of a Texas man who was put to death 10 years ago for a liquor-store murder -- an execution that went forward after then-Gov. George W. Bush's staff failed to tell him the condemned man was asking for genetic analysis of the strand. Full Story


#1 Nov 12, 2010
I really get tired about hearing how bad inmates have it in prison. All right, maybe Claude didn't kill Allen Hilzendager. The hair doesn't prove he did or he didn't. We will never know, because both men that could have told us who did it are no longer with us. One an innocent man, one a career criminal. Claude was apparently there when the man was murdered and did nothing to stop it. He is then as quilty as the person pulling the trigger. But that doesn't matter. To Barry Scheck, I quote "the hair doesn't prove an innocent man was put to death." An innocent man was NOT put to death. I believe the article also states that "While serving a 21-year prison sentence in Kansas, he poured a flammable liquid on a cellmate and set him on fire, killing him." What kind of sentence did he get for that murder, if he was out of prison and in Texas to be accused of another murder? Not much of one, I assume. He was already serving 21 years. Claude Jones was nothing but a cockroach to society. The only way to get rid of that problem is with extermination. So, if he is not guilty of pulling the trigger on the store owner, he is quilty of lighting the man on fire, both ending in someones death. He was excuted for murder. Maybe not the right person, but for murder in any case. To Duane Jones, your quote from your father "told me that he had robbed banks, that he was a thief. But he wasn't a person who would go out and murder someone on the street." He did murder someone, might not been "on the street", but he did murder someone. Every boy should have the right to hold their father up on the highest pedistal that there is, you included. I am very sorry for your loss, other innocent people lost people they loved just like you did, unfortuately, it was at your fathers hands. He could have stopped it. Just one last thought. Burning to death has to be the most painful way to die, it is not instant, it is long and painful. Even if the guards in the prison were able to put his cellmate out, he was put in a medical induced coma so he wouldn't feel the pain until he died. Call me cold, but I just don't feel any sympathy toward Claude Jones.

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