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Crime Woman wrongfully convicted of killing 3 kids in house fire released from California prison

04:00  14 january  2021
04:00  14 january  2021 Source:   nydailynews.com

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SAN DIEGO — A Southern California woman who spent 29 years behind bars after being convicted of killing her three children by setting their home on fire was released from state prison on parole Tuesday. JoAnn Parks, 54, was granted clemency last year by Gov. Gavin Newsom, nearly a decade

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A woman who was wrongfully convicted of murdering her three children in a house fire in 1993 has been released from prison.

In 1989, JoAnn Parks’ kids were killed in an electrical fire in their bedroom in Los Angeles. However, faulty science led investigators to conclude it was arson and Parks was arrested, tried and convicted. She was sentenced to life without parole, according to The California Innocence Project.

a person in a blue shirt: Joann Parks is pictured in an undated photo. © Provided by New York Daily News Joann Parks is pictured in an undated photo.

Joann Parks is pictured in an undated photo.

In 2011, after more than two decades of advances in fire science, an an Arson Review Panel review Parks’ case and concluded the fire was most likely an accident and the experts who testified against Parks were not properly educated in how fire behaves.

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being convicted of killing her three children by setting their home on fire was released from state prison on Her release was reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune. Parks was convicted of first-degree then being wrongfully convicted of their murder,” Justin Brooks, director of the California

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“Ultimately, the Panel concluded that, by modern standards, none of the allegedly incriminating evidence against Joann would withstand scrutiny today,” the Innocence Project attorneys said. “The investigators and jury were misled by bad science, or no science at all.”

Tuesday, after years of working with the California Innocence Project, Parks, 54, was finally released from prison, more than nine months after Gov. Gavin Newsome granted her clemency and the parole board agreed to release her. Parks was the first person sentenced to life without parole to be granted a parole hearing, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

“Nothing could be worse than losing your children and then being wrongfully convicted of their murder,” Justin Brooks, director of the California Innocence Project, said in a statement. “As we learn more about the science of fires, hopefully these kinds of wrongful convictions will no longer occur.”

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