The Case

The Case

Clinton Lee Young has been sentenced to death at the age of 19 for two capital murders, which occurred in November 2001 in Texas. After the murders took place, four young men aged between 18 and 22 years old were arrested. Clinton is the youngest one in this group. He does not really know the other three men. However, they are close friends.

After being arrested, the other three men point to Clinton as the shooter in both murders. Because of the culture Clinton grew up in, he decides not to speak to the police. Clinton did not want to betray the people he was with. What he did not know at the time was that the other three had already testified against him. 

Not knowing the other three men made a deal with the District Attorney – their testimony in exchange for a more lenient sentence – Clinton remains silent and does not want to make a statement to the District Attorney. In court this does not end well for Clinton. The jury in Clinton’s trial never hears his side of the story and they go along with the testimonies of the co-defendants. The other three men change their stories numerous times, their testimonies are contradictive, and forensic evidence does not get tested, is not shown to the jury or gets lost. Despite all of this, the jury finds Clinton guilty and they sentence him to death.

Two of the other men admit after trial that they made a deal with the District Attorney. Under oath, one of them admits he fired the last shot in the first murder. While in jail, one other tells four cellmates that he was the actual killer in the second murder. This does not change Clinton’s fate: he is still on death row, waiting for an execution date.

Currently, his new team of lawyers started to fight for a new and fair trial for Clinton, but time is running out and Texas seems to be doing everything they can to get Clinton executed.

Now, at age 36, Clinton has spent more than 18 years on death row.

On June 5th, 2017, the district judge in Clinton’s case set an execution date for October 26, 2017. On October 18, 2017, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals stayed Clinton’s execution and remanded the case to a Midland District Court to determine if Clinton’s conviction was based on false testimony.

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