DALLAS (AP) - A judge in Dallas has recommended clearing the
record of a man who spent 25 years in prison for a series of sex
crimes he did not commit.
The ruling Tuesday comes about a year after DNA testing showed
that 50-year-old Steven Phillips was innocent of a 1982 sexual
assault and burglary. Prosecutors say additional DNA testing
earlier this year linked the crimes to Sidney Alvin Goodyear, who
died in prison in 1998.
Phillips has been out of prison since late 2007, when he was
released on parole. He'll be officially exonerated if the state
Court of Criminal Appeals upholds the judge's recommendation or
Gov. Rick Perry grants a pardon.
Phillips is one of 19 men in Dallas County since 2001 proven
innocent by DNA testing, a national high.
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