Man Convicted Of Murder Freed From Prison After 35 Years

Thursday, December 19th 2019, 5:39 am
By: Shannon Rousseau

A man who spent more than 35 years in prison for the death of an Oklahoma convenience store clerk walked out of prison Thursday.

Karl Fontenot's case is featured in "The Innocent Man,"which is available right now on Netflix. It's based on a John Grisham book.

Fontenot was convicted in the murder, robbery, and kidnapping of Donna Denice Haraway in 1984 in Ada. Fontenot maintains his innocence.

"The Innocent Project" got involved in the case and said there's no evidence Fontenot and Haraway even knew each other. After reviewing the case back in August, a federal judge ordered Fontenot's release.

The state Attorney General's Office is now appealing the judge's order as a local D.A. decides whether to re-try Fontenot.