Friday, June 16, 2017

He was innocent but he spent 41+ years in prison

Photo by Fox 2 Detroit

Nearly 42 years ago, a Detroit man was sentenced to life in prison based on DNA testing that wouldn't hold up in court today.  Now, a judge has granted him his freedom.

It's a story I'm reporting on Fox News Headlines 24/7 on SiriusXM 115.

Ledura Watkins was 19-years-old in 1976 when one tiny strand of hair on a murder victim was used to convict him. He's been fighting ever since for his freedom.

Now, even the FBI - whose expert witness put Watkins behind bars - agrees that a person shouldn't be convicted on bad scientific evidence.

Watkins says, despite the time spent in prison - he'd never given up hope.

"I expected for this to happen," he says. "I didn't think it would take 41 plus years."

Asked what the first thing he wants to do as a free man, Watkins answers:  "Hold my mother."

A new law means Watkins could be eligible for financial compensation.

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