A judge in Dallas today ruled that a man who spent ten years in prison for a gang rape he denies committing -- should have his record cleared.
The ruling in the case of 53-year-old James Curtis Giles now goes to an appeals court. That approval would make Giles -- who's black -- the 13th Dallas County convict to be exonerated since 2001 with the help of D-N-A evidence.
Giles, who's living in Lufkin, has been a registered sex offender since his release from prison more than one decade ago.
A man who pleaded guilty to the 1982 gang rape implicated two others -- including one named James Giles. Police eventually arrested James -Curtis- Giles. But his attorney says Giles lived 25 miles from the crime scene, didn't match the description of the attacker -- and had an alibi.