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Tulsa judge frees 2 men after 20 years in prison

DeMarco Carpenter (Source Oklahoma Department of Corrections) DeMarco Carpenter (Source Oklahoma Department of Corrections)
Malcom Scott (Source Oklahoma Department of Corrections) Malcom Scott (Source Oklahoma Department of Corrections)

TULSA, OK (KSWO) -An Oklahoma judge ruled that two men were innocent of the crime they spent the past 20 years behind bars for.

In 1994, DeMarco Carpenter and Malcolm Scott were found guilty of murdering a teen in a drive-by shooting. Years later, a convicted killer confessed that he was the one behind the shooting, moments before being executed for an unrelated crime.

Monday a judge ruled in favor of the two men saying the confession brought to the court by the Oklahoma Innocence Project shows the men are innocent. 

The case has a strong local connection as Carpenter is represented by Lawton defense attorney Ken Sue Doerfel and Scott has family in Duncan.

The judge denied a motion from the prosecution for a stay of her ruling. The formal decision will be filed Monday, May 16.

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