Innocent Black Man Who Spent 23 Years In Prison Awarded $1.3 Million In Settlement

Innocent Black Man Who Spent 23 Years In Prison Awarded $1.3 Million In Settlement

Yet another case of justice being denied.

How often have we heard the story of an innocent black person imprisoned for years because of someone in the chain of command who didn't do their job right? The story of Evin King is another such story of wrongful conviction where he spent 23 years of his life behind bars despite not doing the crime, as reported by BlackNews.

King was arrested for the murder of Crystal Hudson, his partner at the time, in 1994. Her body was found in the apartment and he was sentenced to prison with parole eligibility after 15 years. He was accused of strangling her to death.

Despite the charges, no physical evidence was found against King and even the sample of sperm extracted from her body did not match his own. The lawsuit that he filed stated that the former coroner Elizabeth Balraj conspired with the detectives to disregard the physical evidence and that they "fabricated false opinions, totally unsupported by the contemporary science and the physical evidence."

The Ohio Innocence Project came out in his support and the DNA evidence was tested again using newer technology. The test results matched someone else, making it amply clear that King was not the one responsible for her death. The settlement suit finally cleared him and awarded $1.23 million for the wrongful conviction.

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