Oklahoman in ‘The Innocent Man’ case released from prison

The Associated Press - December 19, 2019 1:52 pm

Karl Fontenot

A man who spent 35 years in prison for a murder case featured in the book and television series “The Innocent Man” has been released from an Oklahoma prison.

A spokesman for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections says 55-year-old Karl Fontenot was released Thursday morning. He was transferred to the custody of the U.S. Marshal’s Office, which didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Fontenot was sentenced to life in prison for the 1984 killing of Donna Denice Haraway. But a federal judge in August ordered Fontenot’s release, citing “solid proof of Mr. Fontenot’s probable innocence.”

 

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