Watkins Calls for Death Penalty Review

Watkins wants to review death penalty after more than 20 wrongful convictions

By NOMAAN MERCHANT
|  Thursday, Feb 23, 2012  |  Updated 8:44 PM CDT
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DA Craig Watkins on Richard Miles' Exoneration

Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins wants to review death penalty after more than 20 wrongful convictions.

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DA Craig Watkins on Richard Miles' Exoneration

Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins says he knows who committed the murder Richard Miles was convicted of and will be looking into prosecuting the suspect.
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The top prosecutor in Dallas County says he wants Texas to have a "conversation" about the death penalty after his office has seen more than 20 wrongfully convicted people go free.

Craig Watkins tells The Associated Press that he questions whether Texas has executed an innocent man. Twelve people once on Texas' death row have gone free.

He also says his great-grandfather's execution for murder in 1932 is a family story he learned about just in recent years. He says the incident has made him more aware of whether suspects, particularly African-Americans, are being treated fairly.

Twenty-two people in Dallas County have been exonerated through DNA evidence since 2001, most during Watkins' tenure. That's the most of any county in Texas and more than all but two states.

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