Nearly two decades after the couple first met, Ronnie Taylor and Jeanette Brown were married on Sunday night before a gathering of family and friends. Taylor, an Innocence Project client, endured 14 years of wrongful incarceration before DNA testing proved his innocence in October, and Brown stood by him through the long years.
Brown and Taylor met in Houston in 1980 and were engaged to be married before he was arrested in 1993, his wrongful conviction caused in part by an eyewitness misidentification and a faulty testing by the Houston Police crime lab. Brown moved to Atlanta while Taylor was in prison, but took bus trips back to Texas to visit him, and the couple stayed in touch through frequent letters. The couple was reunited shortly after Taylor’s release in October.
"This day has been a long, long time coming," Taylor said. "Jeannette, she has been loyal to me throughout all of this, and I want to make her happy. That is what I want to do with my freedom."
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. (Houston Chronicle, 12/31/07)