On July 12, 2012, 44-year-old Rhonda Gainus was stopped by police while walking in Ellis County, Texas. She was charged with felony possession of narcotics with intent to deliver after a field drug test was positive for a controlled substance.
In December 2012, before the crime laboratory had tested the suspected drugs confiscated from Gainus, she pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of drug possession and was sentenced to three years in prison.
In 2013, the laboratory tests came back negative for all drugs. A state petition for a writ of habeas corpus was granted by the trial court. On May 8, 2013, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued a formal decision finding Gainus innocent. The case was dismissed and Gainus was released. She subsequently received $66,067 in state compensation.
– Maurice Possley