North Texas man freed from prison due to new evidence

John Nolley
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FORT WORTH -- A North Texas man who has been incarcerated for almost 19 years has been freed after his murder conviction was overturned due to new evidence.

John Earl Nolley walked out of Fort Worth courtroom on a personal recognizance bond Tuesday.

The 42-year-old's conviction was based largely on testimony from a jailhouse snitch who later admitted he was lying. Also, a new analysis of bloody palm print found at the crime scene has been linked to another person.

His release came as the result of work by Tarrant County's Conviction Integrity Unit, the Innocence Project and Fort Worth attorney Reagan Wynn.

Nolley was sentenced to life in prison in 1998 after being convicted of murder in his friend's stabbing death. Sharon McLane was found slain in her Bedford apartment in 1996.

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