Clinton Lee Young has been sentenced to death at the age of 19 for two capital murders which took place in November 2001, in Texas. Four young men between the ages of 18 and 22 were arrested by the police. Clinton was the youngest of them all. Having just been released from juvenile prison, Clinton did not really know the three young men he was with. However, they are close friends.
After being arrested, the other three men quickly 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 at all. 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 made statements to the police, framing him for the murders.
At trial this does not end well for Clinton. The jury in Clinton’s trial never heard 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 contradict past statements, 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.