| Then: Aaron Owens was arranging for flowers to be delivered to his mother and wife on Mother’s Day in 1973 when two murders took place in Oakland, California. Based on a misidentification, Aaron was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for these two murders and spent the first three years of his incarceration in segregated lock-down. Six years into his sentence, the prosecutor for his case, John Taylor, became privy to misidentification evidence that pointed to Aaron’s innocence. Ironically, the same man who put Aaron behind bars began the fight to set him free. After serving 10 years in a California prison, Aaron Owens was exonerated in 1982 and released from prison, largely due to John Taylor’s dedication, legal experience, and belief in Aaron’s innocence.
Now: Aaron, a gentle and intelligent 63-year-old man who lives in Oakland with his wife, children, and grandchild, is currently seeking employment that utilizes his strengths and abilities. He spends a great deal of time with John Taylor, the attorney responsible for both his prosecution and exoneration. Aaron is struggling with his expenses and is behind with his rent. He is still coping with the trauma induced by his prison experience. The murders remain on his record even though he has been exonerated. Aaron states that he still experiences misconduct of police officers when pulled over for any reason. The collateral damage of a prison sentence is permanent in Aaron’s life.
Hometown: Oakland, California