Watch List

Hannah Overton

Hannah Overton was in the process of adopting her four-year-old foster child when he became ill and died of a sodium overdose.  In 2007, Overton was convicted of his murder and sentenced to life in prison.  In 2013, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals agreed to review Overton’s claims of ineffective assistance of counsel and that prosecutors failed to present evidence proving her innocence. In September of 2014, the Court of Criminal Appeals found that Overton received ineffective assitance of counsel and granted her a new trial. 

Hannah Overton's Capital Murder Conviction Overturned
Overton Wins Appeal in Capital Murder Case

Debra Milke

In 1989, Debra Milke’s four-year-old son was shot and killed.  Based on evidence that she “confessed,” Milke and two co-defendants were convicted of murder.  Milke was sentenced to death.  In 2013, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found that the prosecution had failed to provide the defense with information regarding prior misconduct by the interrogating detective.  Milke is currently awaiting a new trial scheduled for 2015.

KNXV-TV (Phoenix) story

Jennifer Del Prete

Jennifer Del Prete was working in a daycare when a three-month-old baby girl became unresponsive and later died.  Prosecutors claimed that the baby was a victim of shaken baby syndrome.  In 2005, Del Prete was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.  In January 2014, a federal judge found that Del Prete may proceed with her constitutional claims because based on all the relevant evidence, no reasonable jury would find Del Prete guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Chicago Tribune article

Lorinda Swain

In 2002, Lorinda Swain was convicted of sexually abusing her son and was sentenced to 25-50 years in prison.  The only evidence against her was the testimony of her son, who was 14 years old at the time of the trial.  Her son recanted his testimony almost immediately after the trial.  The circuit court has granted Swain a new trial based on new evidence, namely, testimony from a witness that Swain could not have molested her son. This evidence was withheld from the defense at Swain’s trial.

Battle Creek Enquirer story
Univ. of Michigan Innocence Clinic case description

Sonia Cacy

In 1993, Sonia Cacy was convicted of murdering her uncle by pouring gasoline on him and starting a fire in the home they shared.  The prosecution claimed that Cacy killed her uncle to collect money from his will.  In 1998, an arson expert concluded that there was no gasoline present on the victim’s clothing.  After receiving the expert’s report, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles released Cacy on parole after she had served just six years of her 99-year sentence.  Cacy, who is represented by the Innocence Project of Texas, is currently seeking full exoneration. Her case was reviewed as part of the Texas Statewide Arson Review in April 2013.

Innocence Project of Texas arson review page

*NOTE: The above summaries are based on publicly available information. The Center on Wrongful Convictions is not counsel in any of these cases.