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Wynne Works on Case to Overturn Murder Conviction Based on Recanted Witness Testimony

Attorney Michael J. Wynne is part of the legal team working to appeal a conviction in a 1997 Houston murder, where new evidence recently came to light.

Lamar Burks has served 19 years in prison for killing a man he said he didn’t know. He’s had the same story for 19 years – he couldn’t have committed the crime because he was en route to his sister’s wedding in Louisiana at the time.

One of the DEA agents involved in the case, Chad Scott, was convicted this year on seven counts of obstructing justice, perjury, falsifying government records and other crimes. The charges stem from his work in Louisiana after working in Houston. But Burks said that Scott coerced witnesses into testifying in his case as well. Other felons have seen their convictions overturned after Scott’s conviction.

In addition Burks claims that a wedding photo and call records demonstrate his innocence. The photo and phone records were not previously admitted into evidence. Two witnesses placed him at the scene but both have since recanted.

“Mr. Burks was convicted based exclusively on false testimony, ” said Wynne. “It was disturbing how someone could be convicted for such a length of time based on faulty evidence.”

An evidentiary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.

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