Texas high court denies compensation request to confessed rapist

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Supreme Court has denied compensation to an inmate wrongfully convicted of capital murder but while in prison he confessed to raping children.

Michael Blair was convicted in the 1993 slaying of 7-year-old Ashley Estell, who disappeared from a Plano park where soccer was being played. Blair was sentenced to death but DNA evidence cleared him in 2008.

Blair confessed in 2003 to sexually abusing children and is currently serving four life sentences for those crimes.

Blair since 2009 sought more than $1 million in compensation under the state's Tim Cole Act. The high court said Friday that Blair didn't meet necessary conditions to receive money.

The slaying prompted legislators to pass tough sexual-predator measures called "Ashley's Laws."

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