Judge: Inmate should be freed
A judge who says a Houston man spent 19 years in prison for a rape he didn’t commit has recommended his release.
Members of 39-year-old Allen Wayne Porter’s family joyfully jumped from their seats as state District Judge Joan Campbell made her ruling Thursday.
Porter’s attorney said her client was set to be released on a recognizance bond Friday afternoon while awaiting a final decision by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. If the appeals court accepts the judge’s recommendation, it will order a new trial. But Bob Loper, the special prosecutor, told the Houston Chronicle on Friday that he will move to dismiss the case, so Porter will not be retried.