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Joyce Gilchrist

Johnny Tallbear said he was “happy” to be released after his conviction was vacated by the Oklahoma County District Court.
Nick Oxford / Innocence Project

Johnny Tallbear has proclaimed his innocence for 26 years. Now, people are listening to him. 

 

DNA tests ordered by the Innocence Project led prosecutors to ask a judge to dismiss a first-degree murder charge levied against Tallbear, which led to his conviction and life-prison sentence in 1992. 

The execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester
Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Oklahoma County was once among the top 2 percent of counties nationwide that accounted for 56 percent of the people sitting on death row as of 2012, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.