Chicago man speaks out after exoneration from murder conviction
A Chicago man is speaking out after being released from prison, serving 20 years for a double murder he didn’t commit.
37-year-old Daniel Taylor was released from prison Friday.
Taylor says Chicago police 20 years ago, took teenagers and used them against each other, getting false confessions that lead to convictions.
Three others, convicted of the same crime in 1992 have yet to be cleared. On Monday, co-defendant Deon Patrick, still serving time, asked the court to clear him as well. With Taylor’s case proved wrong, the case against him doesn’t stand up, says his attorney.
The evidence that cleared Taylor? He was in police custody when the murders happened. And the case for all four teenagers hinged on Taylor’s presence there. Another man, Dennis Mixon, even confessed and said the others didn’t have anything to do with it.
Taylor says he’s going to help the others get cleared as well.
The Cook County State’s attorney’s office says it’s still investigating the other cases individually and will take action based on that review.
He says he is moving on and struck by how much the world has changed since he last saw it.
“My mind feels like a twig caught in a whirlwind,” he says. “I’m trying to adjust. Trying to understand how it is out here, because this is not the world I left.”
Taylor said he received his GED while behind bars and is studying to take his SAT. His goal is to become an eye surgeon.
He says he plans to seek compensation from the city for his time behind bars.