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17:11  18 july  2019
17:11  18 july  2019 Source:   nydailynews.com

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An Oklahoma inmate who served more than 28 years behind bars was released from prison after a judge found him innocent in a 1991 murder case. Corey Atchison became a free man Tuesday after Tulsa County District Judge Sharon Holmes concluded he was innocent in the slaying of

The judge freed Atchison who has served nearly three decades in prison for a 1991 killing. He maintained he did not commit the crime. Corey Atchison, 48, walked out of a Tulsa court a free man, 28 years after he was convicted of shooting James Lane during a robbery in 1990.

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An Oklahoma inmate who served more than 28 years behind bars was released from prison after a judge overturned his conviction for a 1991 murder.

Corey Atchison became a free man Tuesday after Tulsa County District Judge Sharon Holmes concluded he was innocent in the slaying of James Wayne nearly 30 years ago. Police have said that the victim was fatally shot during what appeared to be a gang-related robbery back in 1990.

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Attorneys argued Atchison’s conviction was based primarily on the account of a single witness, who has admitted he was coerced into testifying against the 48-year-old Tulsa man.

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An Oklahoma man was freed Tuesday after serving nearly 30 years in prison for a murder a judge said he did not commit — the second member of his family to have a wrongful conviction overturned. Corey Atchison, 48, walked out of a Tulsa court a free man, 28 years after he was convicted of

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Atchison, who has always maintained his innocence, had been serving a life sentence in connection with Wayne’s death. He was only 20 years old when the incident occurred.

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He’d been in the area with some friends at the time of the shooting and arrested six months later.

“I don’t really know what I want to do, because my goal all these years was just to be free,” Atchison said after the ruling.

Holmes’ finding of “actual innocence” makes Atchison eligible for up to $175,000 in compensation for a wrongful conviction under Oklahoma state law.

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Prosecutors have already filed a notice appeal on the ruling while former District Attorney, Tim Harris, who prosecuted the case as assistant district attorney, has filed an affidavit denying that he’s ever coerced a witness.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma man Corey Atchinson served more than 28 years behind bars for the 1991 murder of James Wayne, and on Tuesday (July 16), he was freed after a judge overturned the conviction. Tulsa County District Judge Sharon Holmes concluded that Atchinson was innocent of the shooting, which

But after years of appeals, Judge Sharon Holmes agreed on Tuesday that she does not believe he did it. She sided with witness testimony which named A judge on Tuesday freed an Oklahoma inmate who has served nearly three decades in prison for a 1991 killing, saying he did not commit the crime.

Ruth Scott, Atchison’s mother, meanwhile applauded the decision.

“I knew he didn’t do it,” she said. “I knew he didn’t do it, I knew he didn’t do it when it happened.”

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Oklahoma inmate jailed for nearly 30 years freed after judge rules he’s innocent in 1991 murder
Oklahoma inmate jailed for nearly 30 years freed after judge rules he’s innocent in 1991 murder
Oklahoma inmate jailed for nearly 30 years freed after judge rules he’s innocent in 1991 murder
Oklahoma inmate jailed for nearly 30 years freed after judge rules he’s innocent in 1991 murder
Oklahoma inmate jailed for nearly 30 years freed after judge rules he’s innocent in 1991 murder
Oklahoma inmate jailed for nearly 30 years freed after judge rules he’s innocent in 1991 murder
Oklahoma inmate jailed for nearly 30 years freed after judge rules he’s innocent in 1991 murder
Oklahoma inmate jailed for nearly 30 years freed after judge rules he’s innocent in 1991 murder
Oklahoma inmate jailed for nearly 30 years freed after judge rules he’s innocent in 1991 murder
Oklahoma inmate jailed for nearly 30 years freed after judge rules he’s innocent in 1991 murder
Oklahoma inmate jailed for nearly 30 years freed after judge rules he’s innocent in 1991 murder
Oklahoma inmate jailed for nearly 30 years freed after judge rules he’s innocent in 1991 murder
Oklahoma inmate jailed for nearly 30 years freed after judge rules he’s innocent in 1991 murder
Oklahoma inmate jailed for nearly 30 years freed after judge rules he’s innocent in 1991 murder
Oklahoma inmate jailed for nearly 30 years freed after judge rules he’s innocent in 1991 murder
Oklahoma inmate jailed for nearly 30 years freed after judge rules he’s innocent in 1991 murder
Malcom Scott, Atchison’s younger brother, previously had a murder conviction overturned by the same judge in 2016. He was convicted of a 1994 drive-by shooting that claimed the life of 19-year-old Karen Summers. According to Tulsa World, a man who testified against Scott admitted to the killing just two days before he was set to be executed for a separate murder.

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