State Seeks To Reinstate 1974 Rape Conviction Against Man

Dec 4, 2017

Just weeks after Wilbert Jones was exonerated and released from prison after serving nearly 46 years for rape, prosecutors have asked the Supreme Court to reinstate his conviction.

Multiple media outlets report East Baton Rouge Parish prosecutors Friday urged the Louisiana Supreme Court to reinstate Jones' 1974 conviction in the abduction and rape of a Baton Rouge nurse.

Jones was released on bail Nov. 15 after a judge ruled prosecutors held back evidence from the defense during the original trial.

In an appeal, the district attorney's office stated prosecutors did not "hide evidence" from the defense.Jones has said he is not worried about an appeal because he is innocent.