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Every Wednesday for the last eight years, Kerry Max Cook has gone to the website of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals at 9 a.m. to scan the list of rulings officially published that day. He was looking to see if the court—the highest criminal tribunal in the state—had issued a final judgment on his case, which was one of the longest and most harrowing in Texas history. The mild-mannered Cook had been tried for the murder of Linda Jo Edwards in Tyler three times since 1978: he was found guilty that year, appealed the verdict and had a mistrial in 1992, and was found guilty again in 1994. Constantly proclaiming his innocence, Cook spent almost two decades on death row, where he was stabbed…

The post “This Was All or Nothing”: Kerry Max Cook, Who Spent 19 Years on Death Row, Has Been Declared Innocent appeared first on Texas Monthly.

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