|Scott Cobb, Chris Ochoa and Jeanette Popp
in Austin on April 11, 2011
Christopher Ochoa and Jeanette Popp were in Austin yesterday to film interviews for an August 2011 program on the Discovery Network about wrongful convictions. Also in town was John Pray of the Wisconsin Innocence Project, which led the effort to exonerate Chris Ochoa.
Chris is an innocent person who was wrongfully convicted of murdering Jeanette’s daughter, Nancy DePriest, in Austin. He spent 12 years in prison before another person confessed to the crime. He and a co-defendant, Richard Danziger, received a settlement of about 14 million dollars from the City of Austin for misconduct by the Austin Police Department leading to their wrongful convictions.
Ms. Popp asked prosecutors not to seek the death penalty, because she says she did not want her daughter’s memory stained with someone’s blood. “I’m not a bleeding heart liberal,” she says. “But I do have a heart.”
Since the exoneration, she has been an outspoken opponent of the death penalty. That doesn’t mean she wants Mr. Marino to ever walk free.
I saw the show on t.v. tonight, but was a bit baffled; WHERE is the information on the arrest of the police officers involved???
These people need to be in prison for what they did.
Chris, I am glad you where able to move on from all this and that you and Mrs Popp have been able to tell your story. I wish Richard could be a part of all this but know that he just wants it all behind him. I would also like to thank John Pray and his team because without them, none of this would have been possible. The greatest loss is that of Mrs Popp. No one should lose a child to a savage killer and I respect your courage to be able to move on. I don’t think I could have done it as diligently as you have.
Mike Danziger, older brother to Richard.