Clinton Young’s Case
In November 2001, when Clinton was 18 years old, he was part of a group of 4 young men when a fifth man was shot and killed in a car in which they all sat. Clinton sat in the passenger side of the car when Doyle Douglas, who sat in the driver’s seat, was shot in the head two times; on the left side and back of the head. One of the other men, David Page, was standing outside on the left side of the car when the shooting occurred. Despite the implausible angle, the three men point to Clinton as the shooter.
Less than two days later, when Clinton and David Page are driving to Midland, another person gets shot in the head and killed. A pair of gloves is found at the crime scene; it contains DNA on the inside from David Page and GSR on the outside. The person wearing the gloves fired a gun. Despite this incriminating evidence against Page, Page points to Clinton as the shooter.
During Clinton’s trial, the three co-defendants testify against Clinton. After Clinton’s trial, they all receive very lenient sentences in return for their testimony. Clinton is the only one who gets convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death. Clinton has always remained his innocence in relation to both murders.
In september 2021, Clinton’s conviction and death sentence were overturned and he was granted a new trial. In January 2022, Clinton was released on bond. He currently awaits his new trial in freedom.
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For 17 years, the Assistant District Attorney Ralph Petty, while prosecuting Clinton, simultaneously and in secret, worked as a law clerk for the judges presiding over Clinton’s case. Petty worked Clinton’s case from both sides. This type of prosecutorial misconduct is absolutely unheard of and completely denied Clinton a fair trial.
Judge Hyde let Ralph Petty, the ADA on Clinton’s case, work for him as a law clerk. In that capacity, Petty wrote the rulings for the judge and had access to confidential case information. Judge Hyde was supposed to be an independent and impartial judge. By letting a prosecutor work for him, he denied Clinton his right to a fair trial.
Clinton’s co-defendants made secret deals with the prosecutors; their testimony against Clinton during his trial in exchange for lenient sentences; Page got 30 years, Ray got 15 years, and McCoy was never charged. Their testimonies changed throughout the years and new evidence contradicts it. Their secret deals denied Clinton his right to a fair trial.
New evidence shows that Clinton could not have shot and killed the first victim from his position in the car. New forensic evidence and DNA-testing of the gloves found at the second crime scene shows that David Page wore those gloves and fired a gun at the same time. The gloves were found close to the second victim. Page always denied he had a gun.