Meet the Exonerees

Earl Truvia

State: Louisiana
Date of Birth:
Incident Date: 1975
Age at Arrest: 17
Conviction Date: 1976
Age When Exonerated: 44
Exonerated Date: 23-Jun-03
Time Served: 27.5
Conviction: Second-Degree Murder
False Confession: No
Implicated by Another Youth: No

Case Details

In 1976, in a trial that took less than a day, Earl Truvia- only 17 at the time of the crime- was wrongfully convicted of the murder of Eliot Porter. He and his co-defendant, Gregory Bright, were sentenced to life without parole. It was not until 2001 that the New Orleans Innocence Project was finally able to prove their innocence. The police had failed to turn over key evidence to the defense, including the real background of a drug-addicted, paranoid, schizophrenic prostitute who’s testimony was the only evidence in the prosecution’s case. The police had also originally pursued alternate suspects, knowledge of whom was never disclosed to the defense. In light of these failures of the prosecution, newly elected district attorney Eddie Jordan dismissed the charges against Truvia and Bright on June 23, 2003. After 27-and-a-half years in prison, both men returned to their families in the summer of 2003.