Entries tagged with “Harold Wilson

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Nov 18, 2005

122nd Inmate Freed From Death Row

Harold Wilson is the 6th Person Exonerated in Pennsylvania More than 16 years after a Pennsylvania jury returned three death sen­tences against Harold Wilson, new DNA evi­dence has led to his acquit­tal. During Wilson’s 1989 cap­i­tal tri­al, the pros­e­cu­tion used racial­ly dis­crim­i­na­to­ry prac­tices in select­ing the jury. In 1999, Wilson’s death sen­tence was over­turned when a court deter­mined that his defense coun­sel had failed to inves­ti­gate and present mit­i­gat­ing evi­dence dur­ing his orig­i­nal tri­al. A lat­er appeal led to the over­turn­ing of his con­vic­tion and a new tri­al because of…

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May 29, 2019

Philadelphia Death-Row Exoneree Harold Wilson Dies at 61

Harold Wilson, exon­er­at­ed in 2005 six­teen years after his wrong­ful con­vic­tion and death sen­tence for a triple mur­der in a Philadelphia crack house, has died. He had recent­ly suf­fered a series of strokes that were fur­ther com­pli­cat­ed by pneu­mo­nia. His risk of stroke and the com­pli­ca­tions that fol­lowed had been wors­ened by the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder he devel­oped as a result of the 17 years he faced the death penal­ty, most spent in soli­tary con­fine­ment on death row. He died on May 18, 2019. He was 61 years old.

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Jan 09, 2023

Philadelphia Death-Row Survivor Christopher Williams Shot to Death at Funeral Less Than Two Years After Double Exoneration

Less than two years after being exon­er­at­ed in two dif­fer­ent cas­es, Philadelphia death-row exoneree Christopher Williams (pic­tured) has been mur­dered. Williams, who spent near­ly three decades in prison, includ­ing 25 years on death row, for sep­a­rate wrong­ful mur­der con­vic­tions, was fatal­ly shot after attend­ing the funer­al of Tyree Little, anoth­er for­mer­ly incar­cer­at­ed man, in North Philadelphia on December 162022.