On September 21, 2023 following a 22 year fight to clear his name, Joey Watkins’ ankle monitor was cut off and he was finally able to live his life as a free man along with his family and friends.
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After 25 years behind bars for a crime that never happened, Lee Clark was exonerated and walked out of Floyd County Jail into the arms of dozens of friends, families, and loved ones on December 8th, 2022.
Despite compelling information showing that the State convicted the wrong man, it took a massive team effort that spanned almost a decade to correct this obvious injustice. In December of 2021 Devonia walked out of Augusta State Medical Prison and into the arms of family just in time to celebrate his first Christmas as a free man in more than two decades.
At 61 years old, after spending more than half his life incarcerated for a crime he did not commit, Ron Jacobsen has at last been fully exonerated.
Together with co-counsel, GIP secured a new trial for Dennis in a 35-year-old double murder he didn’t commit. He was released on bond July 23,2020. While the fight isn’t over, Dennis is enjoying the little things, like time with his grandchildren, earning his driver’s permit, and road trips with his loving wife, Brenda.
Despite profoundly unreliable evidence, Terry was convicted of several crimes against White women in 1980s Troop County. GIP fought for years: obtaining DNA testing that proved innocence, uncovering buried evidence and official misconduct, and even partnering with police – all culminating in four exonerations and Terry’s freedom in February 2021.
Johnny Lee Gates spent more than 43 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. On May 15, 2020, he walked free from Muscogee County Jail.
Wrongfully convicted as teen based on bad science and a lying incentivized witness, Kerry was exonerated in January 2020 thanks to new DNA evidence and the tireless efforts of his family, DNA scientist Greg Hampikian, attorney Rodney Zell & GIP. Kerry embraces every moment he has in freedom and with loved ones.
A unique partnership between the Georgia Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and the Georgia Innocence Project led to the exoneration of Michael Googe of Brunswick, GA. He was convicted in 2007 for the burglary of a convenience store.
On December 14, 2009, more than two years after being wrongfully convicted, Michael Marshall was set free after post-conviction DNA testing proved his innocence.