News 12.20.11

Kentucky Man Exonerated

Kerry Porter was exonerated Monday, after serving 14 years in a Kentucky prison for a crime he did not commit.

Porter was convicted of the 1996 shooting death of his ex-girlfriend’s husband. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison, despite there being no physical evidence linking Porter to the crime. His conviction was based solely on the testimony of an eyewitness who identified Porter a month after the crime when the victim’s brother showed him a picture; another witness who saw the shooter flee the scene told police that he could not possibly identify the perpetrator. Additionally, a judge blocked defense attorneys from telling the jury that there was another suspect in the case. 

With help from the Kentucky Innocence Project, Porter’s case was finally re-examined by the Louisville Metro Police Department’s cold-case unit. Multiple interviews were conducted with witnesses, and they all stated that another man committed the murder. 

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