An Ohio inmate who falsely confessed to murder in 1992 may be freed from Pickaway Correctional Institution on Friday.
If the prosecutors’ office doesn’t file a motion Friday to retry Tinney, Ohio Innocence Project attorney Karla Markley Hall said he will be released from prison.
In 2009, Mansfield police Lt. John Wendling, commander of the detective bureau, said he believes Tinney is innocent. “There’s nothing in that investigation to lead me to think otherwise,” Wendling told the News Journal. “I stand firm on my suspicions on who the real killer is.”
Markley Hall said Tinney’s motion for the withdrawal of his guilty plea is because of the “overwhelming evidence indicating he is innocent of this crime.”
DeWeese stated in his order that the court is not finding Tinney actually innocent but that the evidence doesn’t support his guilty plea.