Judge says ex-death row inmate innocent of officer’s death
HOUSTON (AP) — A judge has signed an order declaring a former Texas death row inmate innocent of fatally shooting a Houston police officer nearly 16 years ago.
The order, signed on Friday, comes after a review by a special prosecutor found Alfred Dewayne Brown was not responsible for the April 2003 slaying of Officer Charles Clark during a robbery of a check-cashing store.
Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg had announced in March that her office had filed a motion to dismiss the case against Brown. State District Judge George Powell granted the motion Friday, saying the case was dismissed due to Brown’s “actual innocence.”
The determination of innocence means Brown is eligible for nearly $2 million in state compensation.
Houston police still believe that Brown is responsible for the officer’s death.