Feb. 13, 2017
Sedrick Courtney was wrongfully convicted of robbery with a firearm and first-degree burglary in Tulsa, OK. On April 6, 1995, two armed men wearing ski masks broke into an apartment in Mr. Courtney’s building complex and brutally beat a female victim, blindfolded her, and forced her to lie on the floor as they ransacked her home. The victim suffered traumatic brain injury because of the attack, but she positively identified Mr. Courtney as one of the assailants, claiming she recognized his voice. The second assailant was never identified. Even though his sister and cousins corroborated his alibi, Mr. Courtney was sentenced to 30 years and served 15 years before the Innocence Project was able to conduct DNA testing on the hairs, proving that none of the hairs from the ski masks matched Mr. Courtney. He was exonerated on July 19, 2012. In this episode, Mr. Courtney appears with his wife, Tina, whom he met in prison when she was working as one of the guards.