THOMAS CRESS Tom, a man of diminished mental capacity, was wrongfully convicted of a rape and murder that occurred in 1983 in Battle Creek, MI. There was no physical evidence in the case, and Tom was convicted on the word of two questionable witnesses. Not only has Tom always maintained his innocence, but even two police officers who investigated the case are convinced of his innocence. So convincing is the evidence of Tom's innocence that Michigan Senator Carl Levin took note and called it "a fairly overwhelming case" of wrongful conviction.
As far back as 1992, a convicted killer imprisoned in Arkansas confessed to committing the crime for which Tom was convicted, but the Calhoun County Prosecutor destroyed crucial DNA evidence that could have been used to tie this killer to the crime. Since that time Tom's case has been heard by many state and federal courts; some have granted him a new trial, only to be reversed by a later court. Tom remained in prison for 20 years after another man confessed to the crime.
MediaFox17 News: Thomas Cress released after 30 nearly years behind bars
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