FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A North Texas man has been freed more than two decades after he was wrongly convicted of raping a 14-year-old Fort Worth girl.
David Lee Wiggins was convicted in 1989 after the girl picked him out of a photo lineup. He was sentenced to life in prison, but DNA testing earlier this month excluded Wiggins as the person who committed the crime.
Judge Louis Sturns in Fort Worth on Friday freed Wiggins on bond pending his formal exoneration. Tarrant County prosecutors say DNA evidence demonstrated the man's innocence.
Wiggins would be the second person to have a conviction overturned by DNA in Tarrant County since 2001.
The nonprofit Innocence Project says Wiggins will live with a friend he met through his church ministry.
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The freezing and near-freezing rain that swooped into Central Texas overnight prompted numerous school closings and delays and made for a harrowing morning commute on Friday.
A man is charged with murder in the shooting death Wednesday of a woman at a North Austin auto repair shop, police said Friday.
A man is expected to survive after being stabbed in the head at the Salvation Army shelter in Downtown Austin at about 3:45 a.m. Friday.
It's the first criminal charge following a yearlong criminal investigation into the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
With freezing temperatures pushing through the region, heating systems will likely be working overtime, which can bring rising energy bills.
Investigators are looking into an overnight fire that left one woman with third-degree burns.