Meet the Exonerees

Yancy Douglas

State: Oklahoma
Date of Birth:
Incident Date: Jun-93
Age at Arrest: 19
Conviction Date: 1997
Age When Exonerated: 35
Exonerated Date: 10/02/2009
Time Served: 16
Conviction: murder
False Confession: No
Implicated by Another Youth: No

Case Details

Nineteen-year-old Yancy Douglas, along with Paris Powell, were wrongfully convicted of a drive-by shooting and murder of a girl in Oklahoma in June of 1993. The only evidence used in conviction was the statement of a rival gang member, which he later recanted and blamed on being drunk and high. No other evidence linked Douglas and his co-defendant to the murder. Additionally, the prosecution withheld the fact that the so-called eyewitness never actually saw who did the shooting. On January 31, 2006, a U.S. District Court Judge granted the two men habeas corpus petitions. The Judge subsequently overturned the convictions on the basis of the fact that had the jury known about the unreliability of the eyewitness testimony, their verdict regarding Douglas and Powell may have changed. In 2009, the U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed this decision, and on October 2, 2009 both men were exonerated of all charges.