DNA evidence sets Dallas County man free 27 years later

James Lee Woodard, 55, of Dallas County, is free after serving 27 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Texas Wesleyan law student Alexis Hoff was instrumental in his release, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

How do you even begin to apologize to someone like Woodard? He’s spent half his life behind bars, his parents died while he was in prison, and now he has no place to go. And he said, “I don’t want to waste my time on negative energy. I don’t have any retaliatory or vindictive thoughts about it. I’m just glad it’s over.” Simply incredible.

Kudos to Ms. Hoff. She isn’t even a lawyer yet and she may have just won the biggest case of her career.