Until death, Texas inmate tried to clear name

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by NOMAAN MERCHANT

Associated Press

Posted on June 22, 2012 at 3:17 PM

DALLAS (AP) -- Relatives and friends of a Texas inmate freed after 24 years in prison say he spent his final days still trying to clear his name.

Larry Sims was freed early last year after new DNA testing cast doubt on his rape conviction. But prosecutors and an appeals court opposed his request to be declared formally innocent, making him ineligible for the benefits Texas pays to exonerated inmates.

Prosecutor Russell Wilson says Sims needed more evidence because the DNA was "powerful evidence" but "not the only evidence."

Cousin Danny Sims says Sims was trying to figure out a way to be declared innocent when he died June 4 after battling heart and lung problems.

A memorial service for Sims was held Friday.

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