Mississippi Innocence Project

Leigh Stubbs/Tami Vance

stubbs-vanceLeigh Stubbs and co-defendant Tami Vance were convicted of aggravated assault and drug possession and sentenced to 44 years in prison in 2000. They were convicted mainly on the testimony of Dr. Michael West, whose credibility problems were well known. He was later suspended and soon resigned from the American Board of Forensic Odontologists.

In June 2012, their convictions were vacated after serving 12 years. Unfortunately, the Attorney General’s office has decided to re-prosecute the cases. MIP is currently litigating the case Lincoln County Circuit Court in Brookhaven, Mississippi.

2006
  • Exoneration Cedric Willis
    Conviction: Capital Murder, Armed Robbery
    Years Served: 12
2007
  • MIP Established Mississippi Innocence Project Established at University of Mississippi School of Law
2008
  • Exoneration Levon Brooks
    Charge: Capital Murder
    Years Served: 18
  • Exoneration Kennedy Brewer
    Charge: Capital Murder
    Years Served: 13
  • Legislation Mississippi DNA Task Force Formed
  • Exoneration Arthur Johnson
    Charge: Rape
    Years Served: 16
2009
  • Exoneration Calvin Wilks
    Charge: Murder
    Years Served: 3.5
  • Legislation DNA Preservation and Post-Conviction Testing Signed into Law
  • Legislation Compensation Statute Provides Funds to Wrongfully Convicted
2010
  • Exoneration Kevin Norwood
    Charge: Armed Carjacking
    Years Served: 15
  • Exoneration Philip Bivens
    Charge: Capital Murder
    Years Served: 30
  • Legislation Requiring Board Licensing for pathologists performing State Funded Aubottomsies
  • Exoneration Larry Ruffin (Posthumously)
    Charge: Capital Murder
    Years Served: 30
  • Exoneration Bobby Ray Dixon
    Charge: Capital Murder
    Years Served: 30
2011
  • Legislation Establishing non-partisan, diverse panel tasked with appointing state medical examiner and creating advisory panel to aid medical examiner office issues
  • Legislation Eye-witness ID training
2012
2013
  • Legislation Helped to defeat HB 788
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