10 Innocent People Who Were Sentenced To Death

Carlos DeLuna

In 1983, Carlos DeLuna was convicted of murdering a convenience store clerk named Wanda Lopez. Throughout his trial, he maintained that he was innocent, and even suggested another man, named Carlos Hernandez had actually committed the crime. No one, including the police, or DeLuna’s own lawyers believed that Hernandez existed, and De Luna was sentenced to death. He was executed in 1989 by lethal injection at the age of 27. It wasn’t until 2006, that the Chicago Tribune and a team from Columbia Law School started looking into the case, and found, without much trouble, the existence of Carlos Hernandez, a career criminal who had stabbed two other women with the same kind of weapon used to kill Wanda Lopez. After all the new evidence came to light, even Wanda’s brother, Richard, has admitted he believes it was Hernandez, and not DeLuna, who killed his sister.
Carlos DeLuna