Eric Kelley and Ralph Lee Walk Out of Prison After 24-Year Fight for Freedom
11.08.17 By Innocence Staff
Update: April 6, 2018: Kelley and Lee were exonerated after The State of New Jersey dropped the murder charges.
Today, Innocence Project client Eric Kelley and Centurion client Ralph Lee walked out of a New Jersey prison, experiencing freedom for the first time in more than 20 years. Back in September, a New Jersey Court vacated their convictions for a 1993 felony murder and robbery based on DNA evidence identifying another suspect. After the court set a bail that the two men could make, the prosecution appealed their release. Today the New Jersey Supreme Court rejected the prosecution’s arguments, paving the way for the men to post the bail. The prosecution also appealed the court’s order vacating their convictions, but now they will be free while the appeal proceeds through the courts. You can read more about their case here.
The Kelley family has setup a fundraising page for Eric as he transitions home for those wishing to contribute.
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