Cleveland Man Freed From Prison By New DNA Evidence

(Cleveland) -- A Cleveland man who has maintained his innocence for more than two decades is a free man.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Brian Corrigan has released Evin King on his own recognizance until a hearing in 90 days as to whether the judge should vacate King's conviction for the murder of his girlfriend, Crystal Hudson.  

In 1995, King was sentenced to life in prison.  Earlier this year, an appeals court ordered a hearing on King's claims that DNA evidence could now be tested in ways not available in the 1990s.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O'Malley had the facts re-examined, and it was determined that King's DNA proves he was not a suspect in Hudson's death.

A crowd of family and friends cheered as King entered the courtroom, and as he was taken to be processed before his release.

(Photo Courtesy Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction)

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