Man ex­on­er­ated of rape is freed

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCAL BRIEFING -

A Hous­ton man who has spent the past 27 years im­pris­oned for a rape he didn’t com­mit is a free man.

Michael An­thony Green, 44, walked out of the Har­ris County Jail on Fri­day af­ter a judge or­dered he be freed on a $500 bond. About 20 fam­ily mem­bers cheered him as he walked out of court ac­com­pa­nied by his at­tor­ney.

His re­lease was made pos­si­ble af­ter the Har­ris County district at­tor­ney’s of­fice re­opened his case. New DNA tests it com­mis­sioned showed he did not com­mit a 1983 rape of a woman who had been ab­ducted.

The Texas Court of Crim­i­nal Ap­peals will make a fi­nal rul­ing on his in­no­cence.

Green’s re­lease had been set for Thurs­day but was de­layed a day af­ter he be­came emo­tional and an­gry while wait­ing in a hold­ing cell for his court hear­ing.

“Live life,” Green said, when asked what he is go­ing to do now.

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