Another Texas man freed after 26 years in prison

Associates Press is reporting that Charles Chatman has been freed after spending 26 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.

Charles Chatman, 47, was released on his recognizance as several of his eight siblings cheered. He was freed on the basis of new DNA testing that lawyers say proves his innocence and adds to Dallas County’s nationally unmatched number of wrongfully convicted inmates.

“I’m bitter. I’m angry,” Chatman told The Associated Press during his last night in jail Wednesday. “But I’m not angry or bitter to the point where I want to hurt anyone or get revenge.”

He became the 15th inmate from Dallas County since 2001 to be freed by DNA testing.

Dallas has freed more inmates after DNA testing than any other county nationwide, said Natalie Roetzel of the Innocence Project of Texas. Texas leads the country in prisoners freed by DNA testing, with at least 30 wrongfully convicted inmates since 2001.

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