Death Penalty Witness Condemned by Courts

A.P. Merillat has spent two decades investigating crimes in Texas prisons, and his testimony about the violence that inmates serving life sentences can inflict has helped send at least 15 murderers to death row.

Now, the credibility of Merillat — a go-to expert for prosecutors seeking the death penalty — has been condemned by the state’s highest criminal court, after judges determined that Merillat gave false testimony and two death sentences were reverted to life sentences, the most recent in June.

Merillat said he was close to being devastated by those decisions. “A guilty capital murderer was removed from ...

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