Texas inmate who admitted raping kids wants $1 million - FOX 35 News Orlando

Texas inmate who admitted raping kids wants $1 million from state

Posted: Updated:

By NOMAAN MERCHANT
Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) - When Michael Blair was sent to death row for the murder of a 7-year-old Texas girl, he insisted he never killed anyone. More than a decade later, genetic testing showed he was telling the truth.

But while he was in prison, Blair confessed to raping two other children - a crime for which he received consecutive life sentences. Now he says he deserves nearly $1 million in compensation for being wrongfully imprisoned in the murder case.

His request has gone all the way to the Texas Supreme Court, which heard the case last month. The state comptroller has repeatedly denied Blair's claim, which a state attorney recently called "absurd."

Blair's attorney says the law that compensates exonerated inmates doesn't specifically exclude someone like his client.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices