Senator Ellis Media Advisory

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January 11, 2011
Contact: Jeremy Warren, 512-463-0113

Senator Ellis and Texas Exoneree Cornelius Dupree to Hold Media Availability

Dupree will be Ellis' special guest at today's swearing-in ceremony

(Austin)—Senator Rodney Ellis' (D-Houston) will be joined at today's swearing-in ceremony by exoneree Cornelius Dupree and will hold a media availability today, Tuesday, January 11, 2011, at 2:30 p.m., or upon adjournment, on the Senate floor following the festivities.

Cornelius Dupree served 30 years in prison before his conviction was overturned this past Tuesday in a Dallas courtroom based on recent DNA testing. Dupree was convicted of robbery and rape and sentenced to 75 years in prison in 1980. He was paroled in July 2010. Dupree served more time in prison than any other Texas exoneree, surpassing James Woodard, who spent 27 years in prison before being cleared in 2008. Dupree is the 44th DNA exoneration in Texas, and like 86 percent of Texas' wrongful convictions, his was based on mistaken eyewitness identification.

WHAT:

Texas Exoneree Media Availability

WHO:

Senator Rodney Ellis
Cornelius Dupree

WHEN:

Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 2:30 p.m. or upon adjournment

WHERE:

Senate Floor
Texas Capitol Building

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