Law Offices of Tim Powers, Denton, Texas
Henry McCollum and Leon Brown were
released today after serving decades in prison. McCollum and Brown (siblings) were
both teenagers at the time, when they were charged with rape and murder
of an 11-year-old girl, Sabrina Buie.
Evidence of beer cans, cigarettes and condoms were found in the area where
the body was found. Thanks to technology, officials were able to use the
DNA from one of the cigarette butts to set McCollum and Brown free. It
turns out that the DNA on the cigarette butt matched a man named Roscoe
Artis, who is a convicted rapist and murder that is currently serving
a life sentence in prison for a separate conviction.
McCollum, who is now 50, was sentenced to death and his half-brother, Brown,
was sentenced to death as well but later got it reduced to life.
It blows my mind that innocent people can be punished for a crime they
did not commit. Unfortunately, this does happen. The two men will face
a rough, long road ahead of them. According to the
Charlotte Observer, “both [men] are mentally challenged, with IQ tests scoring in the
50s and 60s. They struggle with basic reading and writing.” They
have lived their whole life in confinement and now are being thrown out
into the real world. In addition, they will be still haunted from their
time spent in jail. Their recovery won’t be an easy one. What do
you have to say?
If you are seeking aggressive criminal representation by an experienced
criminal defense attorney for your Denton County criminal case or arrest
in Denton County, contact the offices of Tim Powers today. There is no
charge or obligation for the initial consultation. 940.580.2899
*Tim Powers is an attorney licensed to practice law by the Supreme Court
of Texas. Nothing in this article is intended to be legal advice. For
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