The Innocent Man documentary topic Thomas Ward is ready to be launched from jail after his sentence was vacated by a decide.
The six-part true crime Netflix sequence was launched again in 2018, and options the case of Ward and Karl Fontenot, who have been convicted for the kidnapping and homicide of Donna Denice Haraway in 1984.
The pair have been convicted regardless of no bodily proof tying them to the case, with Ward alleging that his confession was coerced by police. Ward’s attorneys additionally claimed that prosecutors suppressed exculpatory proof through the trial.
In keeping with the brand new court findings (through Entertainment Weekly), “materials proof withheld by the State as recognized herein creates an inexpensive chance the end result of the trial would have been totally different given the burden of proof required for a conviction.”
Court docket paperwork say that police launched tons of of pages of paperwork final yr after denying they existed, and thru new proof they found that “there have been issues with the credibility of the State’s witnesses and the existence of witnesses that raised severe doubts as to the accuracy of witnesses figuring out Ward because the responsible get together.”
Fontenot was launched from jail final yr, although is pending a call from the U.S. Court docket of Appeals. Two of the documentary’s different topics, Ron Williamson and Dennis Fritz, have been beforehand launched after 11 years in jail.
Following the newest improvement, Ward’s authorized workforce tweeted: “That is new data, and we’re making an attempt to determine what this implies proper now. Extra to return.”
We have no idea when Tommy will likely be launched, and we don’t know the way a doable attraction will have an effect on this. We’re gathering extra data
— Tommy Ward: The Harmless Man (@WardInnocentMan) December 19, 2020
“We have no idea when Tommy will likely be launched, and we don’t know the way a doable attraction will have an effect on this. We’re gathering extra data,” they added.