Innocent Man Released From Prison After Spending 42 Years For Arson Conviction

Faulty fire science has contributed to another wrongful conviction. Louis Taylor, who spent 42 years in prison wrongfully convicted of setting a hotel fire in 1970 that killed 29 people in Tucson, Arizona, was released last Tuesday.

New methods of the investigation showed that there was no evidence of arson as the cause of the 1970 hotel fire. Through the help of lawyers who worked with the Arizona Justice Project, Taylor was released after pleading no contest to 28 counts of murder.
Taylor emotionally stated after his release, “It’s a little kind of overwhelming. But I’m free, that’s the important thing.”

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Read about an ongoing NCIP arson case on page 8 and 22 of our recent newsletter.

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