- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

DALLAS (AP) - A state appeals court says the ex-wife of a wrongfully convicted inmate isn’t entitled to some of the millions of dollars he received when he was exonerated.

The 5th Texas Court of Appeals in Dallas ruled Monday that a lower court erred when it awarded nearly $115,000 to Traci Tucker, ex-wife of Steven Phillips.

Phillips served 24 years after being wrongfully convicted of raping a North Dallas woman. DNA testing exonerated him in 2008, after he had been paroled. He received $2 million for his wrongful imprisonment along with other benefits for cleared inmates.

Tucker and Phillips divorced in 1992, and she argued she was entitled to part of that money.

But the appeals court says the state compensation law clearly does not provide money for ex-inmates’ wives or companions.

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