He was the spitting image of the killer, had the same first name and was near the scene of the crime at the fateful hour: Carlos DeLuna paid the ultimate price and was executed in place of someone else in Texas in 1989, a report out Tuesday found.
Even “all the relatives of both Carloses mistook them,” and DeLuna was sentenced to death and executed based only on eyewitness accounts despite a range of signs he was not a guilty man, said law professor James Liebman.
A couple of things… a JURY, not absolute evidence, determines the fate of a person. It is better than no Jury, but it is still based on the gullibility of people.
Second, in Texas, the verdict matters. This is essential in understand the Texan judicial system.