A Texas man previously freed after spending 15 years in prison for the 2001 killing of a teenager has been formally exonerated.
The Dallas County district attorney's office says the state's top criminal court issued a ruling of "actual innocence" Monday in the case of Quintin Lee Alonzo.
The 39-year-old Alonzo, who was in prison on a life sentence, was released in May 2018. He was convicted of murder in 2003 in the death of 18-year-old Santos Gauna, who was killed when a fight broke out at a Dallas party Alonzo attended.
Another man confessed to Gauna's killing in 2015 before he was executed for a different crime.
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The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals' ruling allows Alonzo to seek state compensation for being falsely imprisoned.
The district attorney's office says Alonzo's is their 41st exoneration since 2001.