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Second Chance: Montana's Innocence Project celebrates 10 years

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The Montana Innocence Project celebrates its 10th anniversary in June.

In that decade, a staff of just three full-time members and a team of volunteers have cleared six people of charges. Six people who were serving time for crimes they didn't commit.

This spring they were before a Helena judge with evidence in their latest case, the overturning of two convictions in a 1994 murder out of Helena.

"Thankfully there were physical items of evidence that were still preserved -- bits of rope and other items that were at the scene of the crime," said Larry Mansch MIP legal director. "Those were tested. The results came back excluding our two clients."

Excluding the two men who spent more than 20 years in prison. Their DNA not found on a single piece of physical evidence. But, on a piece of rope soaked in the victim's blood they did find the DNA of another man spending time in the Montana State Prison-- David Wayne Nelson. 
 
We'll have much more on this story in a 30-minute special report. "Second Chance" takes a look at the brutal murder of Donna Meagher, the fight to free the men who were wrongfully convicted in her death and the evidence that points to another man serving time at the Montana State Prison. 

"Second Chance" aired on our ABC stations Sunday June 24 at 4:30 p.m. and on KULR-8 News in Billings Saturday, June 30 at 6 p.m. 

The Montana Innocence Project is celebrating its success with an anniversary party Saturday, June 30th from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. at Bonner Park in Missoula. 

You can watch the entire show on YouTube:

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