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Victor Larue Thomas

Other Texas Cases With Mistaken Witness Identifications
On October 15, 1985, a woman working at a convenience store in Waxahachie, Texas was beaten and raped during an armed robbery.
Victor Larue Thomas, a 26-year-old African American, was arrested after the victim, who was white, identified him as her attacker.
Based on the victim’s testimony, Thomas was convicted on June 15, 1986 and was received three life prison terms.
While in prison, Thomas began writing letters seeking help. He wrote scores of letters and one of them was read by state District Judge Gene Knize, who asked the Ellis County District Attorney’s Office to re-investigate the case, appointed attorney Joe Gallo as his defense attorney, and ordered that DNA testing be performed.
When the DNA tests excluded Thomas, he was released on June 27, 2001 and the charges were dismissed. He was pardoned by Gov. Rick Perry on April 17, 2002. Thomas was awarded $391,000 in state compensation plus an annuity of $6,900.
– Maurice Possley

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Posting Date:  Before June 2012
Last Updated: 11/26/2016
Most Serious Crime:Sexual Assault
Additional Convictions:Robbery, Kidnapping
Reported Crime Date:1985
Age at the date of reported crime:26
Contributing Factors:Mistaken Witness ID
Did DNA evidence contribute to the exoneration?:Yes