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Living after death row

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NEW ORLEANS, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The nightmare behind bars is over for one former inmate. A Louisiana man, who has been on death row for 15 years for the rape and murder of his 14-year-old step cousin, was exonerated by DNA evidence.

Damon Thibodeaux, who claimed he was coerced into falsely confessing to the murder, is the eighteenth person who served time on death row to be freed by DNA. After his release from the state prison at Angola, Thibodeaux and his legal team held a press conference in his native New Orleans.

"I just want to thank you," Thibodeaux said. "You know, it's people like you all, you give people like us a chance and I hope that. And I hope district attorney's across the country can learn from the cooperation."

He is the 300th person to be released due to this type of evidence.

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