Dion Harrell, who spent 28 years trying to prove he was an innocent man after a 1992 conviction for rape, has died at the age of 53.
“We are saddened to share that our client Dion Harrell, 53, passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 15 in Long Branch,” the Innocence Project announced on its website. The cause of death was not released.
“Mr. Harrell was a proud father of two daughters and grandfather to three grandchildren whom he adored,” the statement said. “Mr. Harrell was wrongly incarcerated for four years and spent nearly two decades on the sex offender registry for a crime he did not commit.”
The Asbury Park Press chronicled Harrell’s story in a four-part documentary series, Conviction, in 2017.