Meet the Exonerees

Paul Terry

State: Illinois
Date of Birth: 1960
Incident Date: 01/15/1976
Age at Arrest: 17
Conviction Date: 1977
Age When Exonerated: 43
Exonerated Date: 2003
Time Served: 26
Conviction: Murder
False Confession: No
Implicated by Another Youth: Yes

Case Details

Paul Terry was seventeen when he was accused of the rape and murder of a nine-year old girl. Terry was implicated by sixteen-year-old Keith Jones, who later explained that he did so during a coercive and pressure-filled police interrogation. Terry was released in 2003 after twenty-six years in prison when DNA testing excluded him as well as his codefendant Michael Evans as the perpetrators.