In this photo provided by the law firm of Lassiter, and Cassinelli, John Brown, second from right, poses with the Midwest Innocence Project investigator Blair Johnson, MIP lawyer Rachel Wester, lawyer and attorney Erin Cassinelli after Brown was released from prison on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in Little Rock, arkansas. In August, a judge destroyed Brown’s 1992 conviction for the murder and robbery of an elderly woman. The state is in appeal against the decision of the judge, and Brown could still be repeated. (Jene Louviere/Lassiter and Cassinelli via AP)
LITTLE ROCK, arkansas. – In a story Sept. 19 about an Arkansas prisoner is released from prison, The Associated Press wrongly of the murder on the victim and her age. Her name was Myrtle Holmes, not Myrtle Jones, and she was 78 years old, not 72.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Arkansas inmate released from prison after a court ruling,
An Arkansas man whose 1992 murder conviction was destroyed, with the help of the Midwest Innocence Project has freed from prison
By HANNAH GRABENSTEIN
LITTLE ROCK, arkansas. (Novum / AP) — An Arkansas man whose 1992 murder conviction was destroyed, with the help of the Midwest Innocence Project, was freed from prison Wednesday, describing the moment as “surreal” and says that he plans to be with his fiancee to travel to see family in Las Vegas.
John Brown, 51, got cheeseburgers with his lawyers after U. S. District Judge Billy Roy Wilson let him free. He spent 26 years behind bars for the 1988 robbing and killing of 78-year-old Myrtle Holmes in following table shows, a community of about 60 miles (96 km) south of Little Rock.
“I feel fine now. Good feeling,” Brown said. “I’m so blessed.”
Wilson departure of Brown’s opinion in the last month and gave the state 30 days prior to release or re-Brown. In his opinion, Wilson wrote that the “case is pretty cut and dried,” and that the state withheld evidence that could have doubt about Brown’s guilt, bubbles, and other problems “constitutional violations.”
An original trial in April 1992 resulted in a hung jury, but in August of that year, Brown, Reginald Early, and Tina are Responsible were convicted of murder.
In 2015, the Beginning of known that committing the crimes alone. The following year, the Midwest Innocence Project will appeal to the Brown account to say that his trial lawyer was “ineffective and corrupt,” and the argument that the state withheld potentially exculpatory evidence. His lawyers argued that DNA evidence with the exception of Brown was withheld from the jury in the second trial.
The attorney general’s office to appeal Wilson’s decision to vacate Brown’s convictions, and the appeal is pending. The state also asked for a stay of Brown’s version, which was refused.
If the state appeal succeeds, the public prosecutor could again turn Brown. Dallas County prosecutor John Thomas Shepherd says that his office is the collection of original files and instructions, so that he can decide whether to try the case.
“I believe that my office owes to the victim and her family fully to watching and ready to re-if we feel that it is justified,” the Shepherd said.
One of Brown’s lawyers, Erin Cassinelli said that she believes that there is no evidence that would justify another trial.
We are of the opinion that an objective, honest review will be very natural result in John Brown, preservation of his freedom,” Cassinelli said. “We now know, that this crime, and he is in prison and we are happy. That is justice. The family deserves to know what happened and now we finally know.”
Responsible, who is still in prison, is also appealing her conviction overturned.
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