News 09.02.16

Darryl Howard Exonerated, Durham D.A. Dismisses All Three Charges

By Innocence Staff

Howard with his legal team, Seema Saifee, James Cooley (in grey) and Barry Scheck (right).

Darryl Howard is finally exonerated after the Durham District Attorney’s Office dismissed his double-murder and arson charges, just two days after North Carolina Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson vacated his convictions and ordered his release from custody. The ruling occurred after Howard’s lawyers presented DNA evidence excluding him and linking two other people to the crime scene of the 1991 murders of Doris Washington and her 13-year-old daughter Nishonda, and other evidence pointing to his innocence. Howard walked out of prison on Wednesday, Aug. 31 and, as of today, is officially exonerated of the 1995 convictions that cost him 24 years in prison.

Howard’s family established a donation site for people wishing to contribute:

Related: Photos from Darryl Howard’s release

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  1. teresa says:

    my son took a plea for some thing he didnt do there was no evidence just here say.and all the storys was the same as if they were coached.the guy who started this messed didnt like him so he wanted him out of the service and used hes kids againsed him.they didnt check for anything.didnt it was hes word and theres.What a sad world were living put people behind bars.what can a person do foe help with little or no money.

  2. Benny Pezzino says:

    I know a Lady who was falsely locked up for going in her Sister in law’rs room without permission. Don’t know how long she’been locked up. But won’t get out till sometime in 2018.
    She’s an INMATE in California. Do you know of any organizations out there that can help???
    Benny Pezzino
    [email protected]
    Please, Please reply.
    Also-I was locked up in a Hospital for 3 years because everyone in Social Service’s and a Judge & members of the State Guardianship LIED to get me locked up.
    The Judge REFUSED TO GIVE ME A TRAIL which is the 6th amendment.
    Benny Pezzino

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