Evin King's family 'Feeling Awesome' about prison release
21 Abril, 2017, 00:34
Fifty-nine-year-old Evin King was enveloped by joyous family members after the judge vacated his conviction today. King has always maintained his innocence, and he thanked those who helped him stay strong.
"After learning of the current analysis of the evidence, I believe that it is my duty to vacate Evin King's conviction", Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O'Malley said in a statement.
Prosecutors said advances in DNA testing and understanding forensic evidence have called into question the theory of the crime that prosecutors presented at King's 1995 trial.
DNA evidence that was processed during the original trial has now been deemed invalid. In video of the call, King says he knew such a day would come eventually.
His girlfriend, Crystal Hudson, was found strangled in her closet in 1994.
The Innocence Project took his case and did new testing in 2009.
King's mother died before seeing her son released from jail. Ricky Jackson, convicted of shooting a man during a robbery in 1975, spent over 39 years in prison before being exonerated.
Even with the new developments, prosecutors fought to keep King's conviction, and a county judge refused to grant a new trial.
Evin King, center, waves his arm as he walks out of the Cuyahoga County Justice Center on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Cleveland.