- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

DALLAS (AP) - The state has officially exonerated a man who served 31 years in prison for a Dallas County rape.

Rickey Dale Wyatt was freed from prison in 2012 after attorneys with the Lubbock-based Innocence Project determined prosecutors withheld evidence that would have acquitted him.

The Dallas Morning News reports (http://bit.ly/1xdmg9T ) court records filed Wednesday show a state judge has approved a recent request by the Dallas County district attorney’s office to have the rape charge against Wyatt dismissed.

The motion to dismiss the charge says DNA testing reveals Wyatt could not have committed the crime.

State law stipulates that Wyatt is entitled to $80,000 for each year he was wrongfully imprisoned, a tally that amounts to $2.5 million.

Wyatt was 56 when released from prison.

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Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com

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