Hinton was among the longest-serving death row prisoners in Alabama history when he was released on April 3, 2015, thanks to the efforts of Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson that resulted in his exoneration of two capital murder convictions. Upon his release, Hinton became the 152nd person exonerated from death row since 1983.
A tweet featuring Hinton’s picture with an “I voted” sticker on his face received over 7,000 likes on Twitter.
Hinton become somewhat of a celebrity as he was the center point of the documentary about Stevenson, which culminated in his exoneration. The first moments of his release were captured by the documentarians.
Republican Katie Britt defeated Democrat Will Boyd to fill the seat vacated by outgoing Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL). All of the state’s incumbents, including one Democratic member and five GOP members, won their seats back, while first-time Republican candidate Dale Strong won its 5th District.