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Louis William Bennett



Second Degree Murder


35 years

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Oklahoma City



Summary of Case:

"Although innocent, Louis William Bennett falsely confessed and pled guilty to second-degree murder in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma out of fear he would get the death sentence if convicted. Louis Bennett was implicated because his fingerprints were found on a door in the victim's house. The victim was a friend of Bennett's, and his fingerprints were found on the victim's door because he had recently painted the door for the friend."

Conviction Caused By:

False confession extracted by threats of having the death penalty imposed if Bennett was convicted.

Innocence Proved By:

""A Texas prisoner, Leonard McClain, had confessed to the crime, and authorities had verified the confession." Pardoned in 1960."

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Information Source 1:

"“Miscarriages of Justice in Potentially Capital Cases,” Hugo Adam Bedau & Michael L. Radelet, Stanford Law Review, November, 1987, Vol. 40, p. 96."

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"The Innocents, Edward Radin,William Morrow & Co., 1964, p. 252."

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