"Rebuilding the Lives of the Wrongfully Convicted"

Billy Miller


billymiller Convicted of: Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon 
State: Texas 
Served: 22.5 years
Released: 2006
Compensated by State: Yes 
Current Status: Unemployed 
Health Insurance: No

Then: In 1983, Billy was sleeping in his Dallas bedroom in the middle of the night when police officers burst in and took him out to the porch where a woman in a squad car nodded to identify him as her rapist. Miller was arrested immediately and convicted of aggravated sexual assault with a deadly weapon the following year. In 2001, Miller tried to obtain post-conviction DNA testing but was not granted testing until four years later. In 2005, the Texas Department of Public Safety tested the vaginal swab used in the rape kit and found the resulting profile inconsistent with Miller. After serving 22 years in prison for a rape he did not commit, Miller was officially exonerated with a pardon by the Governor of Texas in 2006.

Now: Miller now lives in a one-story home in Oak Cliff, Texas. He is recovering from pancreatic cancer. His accuser has since been arrested for prostitution, arson, assault, and drug use. "The whole thing was a complete wake-up for how easy it is for you to wind up with zero," Miller has said, "your whole life gone." Miller has publicly denounced the technique used to identify him (often called a ‘showup’ by law enforcement) as contrary to the due process rights that identification procedures are supposed to honor.

Hometown: Dallas, Texas     


  • Full-time employment.