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Texas executed Travis Runnels for a prison murder. His lawyers said false testimony put him on death row.

A Texas court has twice overturned death sentences because of one man’s false testimony on restrictions placed on prisoners. Runnels argued the same man’s testimony should have stopped his death, too.

Travis Runnels was sentenced to death for the 2003 murder of prison employee Stanley Wiley.
A.P. Merillat has spent more than 20 years as an investigator of prison crimes and been a go-to expert for prosecutors seeking the death penalty. In June, the courts reversed a second death penalty conviction based on his inaccurate testimony.

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