Lawyers: Confession That Freed Texas Men Was a Lie

Monday, Aug 9, 2010  |  Updated 8:45 AM CDT
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Lawyers: Confession That Freed Texas Men Was a Lie

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Lawyers for a man facing a capital murder charge say the confession that led to his arrest and the freeing of two men originally convicted for the killing was a lie.

Lawyers for a man facing a capital murder charge say the confession that led to his arrest and the freeing of two men originally convicted for the killing was a lie.

The confession of Alonzo Hardy to the 1997 slaying of a Dallas man implicated his accomplice, Don Michael Anderson.

The confession also helped exonerate two men who had been convicted of the killing. Christopher Scott and Claude Simmons were serving life sentences until they were freed in 2009. In March, the state criminal appeals court agreed they were innocent and formally set aside their convictions.

Anderson faces a capital murder trial later this month. His lawyers say Hardy's confession was a lie and that he was offered money to confess by Simmons' sister.

The sister, through her brother's attorney, denies the allegation.

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