And now, Centurion Ministries, the nonprofit organization recognized as a pioneer in the field of working to free the innocent, had agreed to take his case.
Based on Centurion’s track record of success — they’ve freed 75 percent of their clients in cases they’ve concluded — he had cause for hope.
Things finally seemed to be going right for Dwayne Le Blanc.
He was 18 years old in 1994 when he was accused, and later convicted, of murdering someone in New Orleans, a crime he contends he did not commit.
Since it was formed, Herrontown Road-based organization has been responsible for freeing 54 men and women (images of many of those freed appear in the background of the cover of this issue of the Echo), who have served a total of 1,083 years in prison for crimes they didn’t commit. Le Blanc’s letter was one of thousands that Centurion receives each year, and it’s the job of volunteer case workers to review the letters and make sure the petitioner fits the very specific criteria for the cases they take on.
Centurion started investigating Le Blanc’s case in 2012 after becaming convinced of his innocence.
In 2014 they presented the New Orleans District Attorney’s Office with their arguments, and by the end of last year, there was hope that he might be set free.
An anonymous tipster identified “Twin” as neighborhood resident Dwayne Le Blanc, who went by the moniker along with his identical twin brother, Dwight.
Over the next three hours, four witnesses identified Le Blanc from a photo lineup, and the police issued a warrant for his arrest.