Thousands of supporters are following Young’s case through the work of the Clinton Young Foundation
Update: On date of publication, January 21st, the article stated the Dawson County District Attorney had been assigned to the case of Clinton Young. On January 25th, the Midland County District Attorney’s office released a statement which read the Dawson County District Attorney has been released from the case. The Texas Attorney General Prosecutor Assistance Division has now been appointed as the prosecuting attorney.
MIDLAND COUNTY, Texas (Nexstar) – Clinton Young is finally home after spending nearly 20 years on death row.
The 38-year-old, who was being held at the Midland County Detention Center since last September, posted bond on Thursday. Previously, Young was held on death row in Livingston.
A video shared by the Clinton Young Foundation shows Young touching grass with his bare feet on Thursday.
“It’s not a win until my feet touch grass,” he says.
It’s a breath of fresh air for Young, who spent two decades in solitary confinement.
In 2003, a Midland County jury sentenced Young to death on charges of murdering two people.
Young has maintained his innocence. He claims his co-defendants framed him. On the phone Friday night, Young talked about his time behind bars.
“I was on death row for over 20 years for a crime that I didn’t commit,” he said. “I had no physical contact with my friends or family. I was in solitary confinement for over 20 years… facing death.”
In 2017, Young was set to be executed. But a significant discovery stopped it from ever happening.
A prosecutor working Young’s case was found to have been working as a clerk for the judge presiding over Young’s trial. The overlapping employment was not disclosed.
Moreover, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals said Young was denied the right to a fair trial and an impartial judge.
Prosecutors are now deciding whether to retry Young’s case or to dismiss it.
For Young, who says he is appreciative of the trust given to him by the criminal justice system which allowed him to post bail, he is taking everything slowly.
“Just being able to touch grass and to look at the sun without looking through prison bars, I mean, man, it’s a blessing. It’s overwhelming,” Young said on the phone. “I am still processing everything. So it’s kind of hard to find the right words.”
Since bonding out of jail, Young was also able to reunite with his younger sister.
“Yesterday was the first time I hugged my baby sister in a long time. So that was a blessing. I’ve had a wide range of emotions. I’m still taking everything in,” Young said.
Thousands of supporters are following Young’s case closely through the work done by the Clinton Young Foundation. It was those supporters who helped raise enough funds to cover 15% of Young’s $150,000 bond.
“We’re very grateful for everyone who supports him, helps him, and believes in his innocence,” said Merel Pontier, the legal director of the Clinton Young Foundation.
Pontier said those who are interested in learning more about Young’s case can watch a documentary available on YouTube and on Amazon Prime, titled, “Innocent on Death Row: Clinton Young’s Story.”
(See Update) A spokesperson for the County of Midland said Friday that the county’s courts will not be responsible for Young’s trial. Instead, the case was assigned to the Dawson County District Attorney’s Office, which declined to comment on the case because of its ongoing nature.