Man exonerated of rape is freed
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.