Meet the Exonerees

Terry Harrington

State: Iowa
Date of Birth:
Incident Date: 07/22/1977
Age at Arrest: 18
Conviction Date: 08/04/1978
Age When Exonerated: 44
Exonerated Date: 02/26/2003
Time Served: 25
Conviction: Murder
False Confession: No
Implicated by Another Youth: No


Case Details

Terry Harrington was only eighteen years old when he and Curtis McGhee Jr. were convicted of the 1977 murder of a retired police officer in Pottawattamie County, Iowa. Harrington’s conviction was primarily based on the testimony of one key witness, Kevin Hughes, who claimed Harrington was the perpetrator despite Harrington’s strong alibi. Years later, Hughes recanted his testimony and admitted that he had falsely accused Harrington in order to avoid being prosecuted for the murder himself. Numerous undisclosed police reports were discovered in 2001 that pointed to another man as a suspect. As a result of the discovery of these reports and Hughes’s recanted testimony, Harrington was exonerated and released from prison in 2003.