Joseph Burrows


Age: 56

Summary: former death row inmate who was wrongly convicted of the murder of 88-year-old retired farmer William E. Dulin at his home in Iroquois County, Illinois in 1988 and was held for nearly five years on death row before being released in 1994 after his attorney Kathleen Zellner persuaded the real killer to confess at the post-conviction hearing when a reporter for the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette obtained a recantation from a key witness, but who became bitter over his wrongful conviction as he struggled with life out of prison and was later sentenced to six years in prison for possession of methamphetamine-manufacturing chemicals in 1995, only a year after his exoneration and release.

Cause of Death: Not released

Born: October 5, 1953

Died: October 15, 2009

Homer, Illinois