News 10.16.08

Charges dropped in 1987 Baltimore murder case

Charges were dropped yesterday against a Baltimore man who spent 21 years in prison for a murder he has always said he didn’t commit. A Maryland judge granted James Owens, Jr., a new trial last year after DNA tests showed that biological material from the crime scene came from an unknown man – and not Owens or his co-defendant, James A. Thompson. Owens was freed around 5 p.m.

Owens is represented by Stephen B. Mercer. Thompson, who is represented by Suzanne Drouet at the Maryland Office of the Public Defender’s Innocence Project, is still facing a possible retrial. 

"You can't give me that time back," Owens told reporters outside the prison. "You can't give me that back. That's all I got to say."



Read the full story here

. (Baltimore Sun, 10/16/08)

The Maryland Office of the Public Defender’s Innocence Project, along with the Innocence Project and more than 40 other organizations worldwide, is a member of the

Innocence Network

.

Leave a reply

Thank you for visiting us. You can learn more about how we consider cases here. Please avoid sharing any personal information in the comments below and join us in making this a hate-speech free and safe space for everyone.

Thanks for your comment

Press "Enter" or click on the arrow to show results.

Search