"Whatever your truth is, you have to stick with it," Dupree, 51, said
Tuesday, minutes after a Dallas judge overturned his conviction.
Nationally, only two others exonerated by DNA evidence spent more time in
prison, according to the Innocence Project, a New York legal center that
specializes in wrongful conviction cases and represented Dupree. James Bain
was wrongly imprisoned for 35 years in Florida, and Lawrence McKinney spent
more than 31 years in a Tennessee prison.
Dupree was sentenced to 75 years in prison in 1980 for the rape and robbery
of a 26-year-old Dallas woman a year earlier. He was released in July on
mandatory supervision, and lived under house arrest until October. About a
week after his release, DNA test results came back proving his innocence in
the sexual assault