Exonerated, but still not free Joe Jones was the first person in the state to be exonerated of a crime by DNA evidence, but life after prison has been difficult. Now authorities have identified the man they say is responsible.

The muddled justice of exoneration

Joe Jones, Eddie Lowery and Jason Ellison served time for rapes they say they didn’t commit. Jones’ and Lowery’s convictions were overturned, and each won a generous settlement from the state; Ellison was freed, but not pardoned, earlier this year.


With lawyers who always believed in his innocence, Joe Jones in 1992 was able to secure DNA testing to prove he didn't commit the rape. Jones was the first Kansan, and only the seventh in the country, to be exonerated by DNA evidence. Jones' attorneys said the crime didn't fit their client, who was gay and had no criminal history.

Man spent 10 years in prison for a rape he didn’t commit; now he’s getting $7.5M

Over the past 30 years, Eddie Lowery has been a soldier, a convicted rapist, an ex-convict, a registered sex offender, a husband and a father.

Eddie Lowery discusses rebuilding his life

Eddie Lowery discusses his wrongful conviction, his 10 years in prison, and his efforts to rebuild his life.

Jason Ellison talks about life after prison

Jason Ellison, 28, talks about his recent release from prison and his plans for the future at his mom's Kansas City, Kan.-home. Ellison was convicted in 2006 of sexual battery, after his ex-girlfriend's sister accused him of sexually assaulting her. A Douglas County judge ordered anew trial in the case after several people came forward and testified that the victim said the allegations were false. Douglas County officials have said that they will not retry the case.


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