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Warren Williams Interview | Sentenced to Life for Murder, Released in Baltimore
Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 10:18 PM EDT
In a follow up to a FIRST ON FOX investigation that uncovered the release of inmates from Maryland's prisons due to a recent court ruling, Crime and Justice Reporter Joy Lepola sat down with one of the men recently set free.
Sentenced to life in prison for murder in 1975 Warren Williams expected to die behind bars. He was one of nearly 300 inmates still locked up for a crime they committed in the 1970s.
Williams said that while the streets haven’t changed, everything around them has.
“Society is scary now... I’d been lying if I’d be saying I’m not a little shook,” Williams said.
And similar to the city, Williams says he too has changed. Williams’ freedom is the result of a recent court ruling in the case of Merle Unger – a convicted cop killer. The court found that the jury instructions which judges gave jurors up until 1980 were unconstitutional.
Family members of those who were murdered are outraged. Especially in Baltimore City where prosecutors have allowed inmates to go free rather than risk re-trying them. Unger was retried and convicted.
As he re-integrates into society, one of the biggest challenges Williams has faced is obtaining a social security card. He said he was supposed to have one before his release. FOX45 called numerous state agencies and the matter is now being investigated.