Two men convicted of murder hopes evidentiary hearing clears their names
TULSA, Okla. -Two men convicted of murder back in 1994 are in court once again. This time, the Oklahoma Innocence Project is heading their case, hoping new evidence will clear their name. Their first evidentiary hearing, Friday, comes after spending more than 21 years in prison.
Family members of De'Marchoe Carpenter take the elevator as they head to a hearing they say is long overdue. Carpenter and Malcolm Scott stepped inside the Tulsa District Court for the first time since their conviction of a deadly drive-by shooting in 1994 that killed 19-year-old Karen Summers.
"De'Marchoe and Malcolm are innocent of this crime, we are just glad to be back in court. We're thankful for the Oklahoma Innocence Project getting us back here. And we know they'll be coming home soon," said Carpenter's sister, Lametra.
For the last five years, families have been working with the Oklahoma Innocence Project to clear their names. All of their work is on full display in the courtroom, including several pieces of evidence like a video confession from Michael Wilson, who plead guilty to being an accessory in the killing. Wilson was later executed for a separate case.
"We're always hopeful that they evidence we've collected is enough to prove their innocence and we're optimistic one day that they will be able to walk out and be reunited with their families," said Brook Albeitman, a spokesperson for OIP.
The attorney's and family members expect this hearing to take some time to be reviewed. They said they've waited so many years already, they're patient enough for Carpenter and Scott to walk away free men.
"They took my life away, part of my life and I'm trying to each day deal with it. And bring him home, that's the best thing a person can ask for," said Carpenter's mother, Pamela.
A judge is not expected to immediately rule in this hearing.