Three men who spent 36 years in prison for the murder of an American teenager were released after their sentence was revoked.
Alfred Chestnut, Ransom Watkins and Andrew Stewart were released hours after a judge completely cleared them and prosecutors dropped the charges.
They were teenagers when they were sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of DeWitt Duckett, 14, in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1984.
Chestnut, Watkins and Stewart were arrested in November 1983 for the murder of DeWitt.
DeWitt was jumped over his Georgetown jacket and shot in the back of the neck while heading to school in Baltimore.
The case was reopened earlier this year by the Baltimore City Attorney’s Office after Chestnut sent a letter to his Judicial Integrity Unit.
The Baltimore Sun newspaper reports that Judge Charles Peters told the men: “On behalf of the criminal justice system, and I’m sure this means very little to you gentlemen, I’m going to apologise.”
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