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Posted: March 20, 2017

Man wrongly convicted of murder walks free after three decades

AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes
Andrew Leander Wilson, 62, right, waves with his daughters, Catrina Burks, left, as he leaves the Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail holding hands with a sister and daughter, and with a granddaughter at his side in Los Angeles Thursday, Mar. 16, 2017. Loyola Law School's Project for the Innocent, which fought for Wilson's release, pointed to numerous due-process violations. Wilson maintained his innocence since his arrest in 1984 for the stabbing death of Christopher Hanson, 21, in Los Angeles.

By Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk


Andrew Leander Wilson is a free man after spending 32 years behind bars for a murder he said he did not commit.

Wilson was arrested in 1984 for the stabbing and killing of Christopher Hanson in Los Angeles, The Associated Press reported.

Wilson, now 62, denied that he stabbed Hanson and was released last week after a judge ordered him freed. 

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Prosecutors admitted that Wilson did not have a fair trial, The AP reported

Wilson had been offered a plea deal but declined it because he said he was innocent, KABC reported.

The only eyewitness to the murder was the victim’s girlfriend, Saladena Bishop and her statement was secured weeks after the murder.

It was also discovered that the prosecution suppressed evidence that she had filed a false report accusing another man of raping her according to research by Loyola Law School’s Project for the Innocent, The AP reported

The district attorney’s office said it will not retry Wilson, but a hearing is set for May to determine if he was innocent. If it is found that he was, he could claim compensation. 

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