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Darrel Parker

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Life Imprisonment

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Darrel Parker was wrongly convicted in 1956 for the strangulation murder of his wife on Decemeber 14, 1956. The primary evidence against Parker was his confession that he gave after being subjected to intense interrogation. Parker recanted the confession a day later. He was sentenced to life in prison. In 1969 the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Parker's conviction on the basis his confession was involuntary. Parker was released after 13 years of wrongful imprisonment. In 1988, Nebraska death row inmate Wesley Peery died of a heart attack. Peery's lawyers then revealed that he had confessed to the murder of Parker’s wife a number of times from 1978 to 1980. Parker filed an application for a pardon in 1988 based on the new evidence.Parker was pardoned three years later in 1991. His pardon application was supported by Peery's lawyers.

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False confesson extracted by the police after an intense interrogation.

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Parker's conviction was overturned by a federal court in 1989 and he was released after 13 years of wrongful imprisonment.

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Information Source 1:

Parker v. Sigler, 413 F.2d 459 (8th Cir. 07-18-1969)

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Confession in 1955 Murder Case - Convicted Man Hopes Unusual Transcript Will Clear Him, By Sharon Cohen (AP), Los Angeles Times, December 14, 1988

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Freed man wants state to pay, By Paul Hammel, Omaha World-Herald, November 28, 2010

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Did He Kill Her, By Ron Grossman (staff), Chicago Tribune, January 29, 1989

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