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Man freed after spending 13 years in jail for murder he didn't commit

Lamar Johnson speaks after being freed from prison (John Rydell)

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - The city state's attorney's office says it's vacating the conviction of a man who has spent the last 13 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit.

Lamar Johnson was convicted of shooting a man several times, but his family and the investigators from the group Innocence Project say there was no physical evidence and he had no motive to commit the crime.

Johnson was set to be released from prison Tuesday.


"This case cried out for intervention, and we're thrilled that the state did the right thing," said Parisa Dehghani-Tafti, Legal Director of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project in a statement. "The criminal justice system had failed Lamar every step of the way until today, so it's a tremendous relief to see the system finally right this wrong."


Johnson was found guilty of a 2004 shooting that happened in broad daylight, although no physical evidence tied him to the incident and he had no motive.

He was misidentified as the shooter by an informant, according to the Innocence Project's news release.

The group has been working to free Johnson since 2010.


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