Judge formally exonerates Dallas man of murder

DALLAS,TX. (AP) - A state district judge has formally declared a Dallas man innocent of the murder and attempted murder for which he spent 14 years in prison.

State District Judge Andy Chatham read the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruling of "actual innocence" for Richard Miles on Wednesday. Miles has been free on his own recognizance since a judge recommended he be declared innocent in October 2009.

Miles was released after an advocacy group found evidence implicating another man that wasn't given to the defense when Miles was convicted in 1995. However, Miles wasn't cleared and entitled to state compensation until the appeals court ruling.

Miles' attorney has said he plans to seek compensation under the Tim Cole Act, which provides those wrongfully convicted with $80,000 for every year of incarceration.

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