Five years ago today, Darryl Hunt was freed from prison after serving nearly two decades in prison for a murder he didn’t commit. He was convicted twice of the crime, and it took ten years to gain his freedom after DNA testing proved his innocence. Hunt’s original trial attorney, Mark Rabil, worked on the case for 20 years, never giving up until he saw Hunt walk free.
A feature documentary about his case, “The Trials of Darryl Hunt,” follows his 20-year legal battle and explores the causes of the injustice he suffered. It’s a must-see for anyone interested in the issue of wrongful convictions.
Today, Hunt is the director of the
Darryl Hunt Project for Freedom and Justice
, which support exonerated individuals and works for criminal justice reform.
He speaks frequently about his case to audiences around the world. On Sunday, he’ll be speaking at the Congregational United Church of Christ in High Point, North Carolina.
Other exoneration anniversaries this week:
, Texas (Served 15 Years, Exonerated 2001)
, Massachusetts (Served 5.5 Years, Exonerated 2004)