Innocence Project Exonerees Recall 22 Years Behind Bars

For most of us, an incredible number of life events took place between 1994 and 2016. Marriages, babies, vacations, job changes.

For De’Marchoe Carpenter and Malcolm Scott, those 22 years included days that mostly looked the same — exercising, watching TV, writing letters, praying — all while incarcerated for a crime neither man committed.

Carpenter and Scott have been back out in the free world since May 9, a date that will forever be etched in their minds. That was the day Tulsa County District Judge Sharon Holmes announced the two men — accused and convicted of killing 19-year-old single mom Karen Summers — were to be freed after 22 years in prison.

Carpenter and Scott told their stories at the Oklahoma City University School of Law on Thursday evening, relaying their emotions and memories to a room of law students and supporters of the Innocence Project, a national effort to exonerate wrongfully convicted prisoners.

Oklahoma chapter of the Innocence Project is embedded at OCU, and the group has celebrated the new freedom of Carpenter and Scott as a victory for justice but also the tip of the iceberg.

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