Tulsan wrongly accused of murder is set free


Friday, February 17th 2006, 12:22 pm
By: News On 6


A man living in Tulsa was arrested and charged with a murder he did not commit.

No one believed he was innocent, except one attorney who took his case. Jesus Torres-Duarte was arrested last fall after running a red light.

He didn't find out until days later he was in jail on a first degree murder warrant for the shooting death of 16 year old Adrian Gomez from 2003.

The suspect is also named Jesus Torres. When a lawyer saw a picture of the suspect and Jesus' mugshot, he realized, police had the wrong man. The lawyer then found the real suspect's boss and after he testified in court, the charges were dropped and Jesus was set free.

Jesus Torres-Duarte: "He thought there's no way I'm ever going to get out of this jail, no way to get out of this."

Attorney Kent Hudson: "this is the cases criminal defense lawyers die for. It's not about the money, it's about justice."

Fingerprints wouldn't have helped in this case, since there was no suspect prints to compare to.

Tulsa Police agree it's a growing problem within the Hispanic community to know if you have the right person because of a language barrier, lack of documentation and so many people with the same name.