Ex-inmate dies 1 month after leaving death row

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

WASHINGTON -- A former inmate who spent a decade on death row died barely a month after being released from prison following a traffic accident, Texas police said Monday.

Michael Toney, 43, died when he lost control of the car he was driving on a Texas road Saturday and was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, police said.

Toney received a death sentence in 1999 for his conviction in a 1985 car bombing which left three people dead.

He maintained his innocence over the years and was finally freed after a key prosecution witness in the case recanted.

A Texas Appeals Court ultimately overturned Toney's conviction, ruling that prosecutors had improperly withheld evidence, and he finally won his freedom on September 2, barely a month before the fatal accident.

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