Louisiana Man Exonerated After 17 Years Incarcerated

Nicole Rojas
Jun 30, 2019 - 5:00

Royal Clark Jr. has spent more than 17 years behind bars for an armed robbery he did not commit. The Louisiana man was exonerated on June 27 after newly-examined fingerprints cleared him of the 2001 crime. The 42-year-old was wrongfully convicted of robbing a Terrytown Burger King on June 25, 2003, after a sole eyewitness misidentified him. He was sentenced to 49 and a half years in prison. Nearly two decades later, 24th Judicial District Court Judge Donnie Rowan Jr. vacated Clark’s conviction in a Jefferson Parish courtroom. “We all now know what he’s been saying all along, that he’s factually innocent of this crime which was committed by someone else,” said Clark’s...

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