Exoneration hearing set for convicted rapist

DALLAS (AP) — A North Dallas prosecutor is going to court to seek exoneration of a man who served 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to raping a 16-year-old girl.

Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins will ask a state district judge on Friday to exonerate Michael Phillips because DNA tests identified another man as the culprit.

Phillips, who's black, has said he pleaded guilty in 1990 to raping the white teen at the advice of his attorney, who warned against putting his fate in the hands of a jury.

Watkins says the tests identified another man as the culprit, but a Watkins spokeswoman says the statute of limitations allows him to remain free.

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