Man freed from prison after 14 years

Dec. 20, 2011 at 1:23 PM
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LOUISVILLE, Ky., Dec. 20 (UPI) -- A Kentucky man imprisoned for murder in 1997 was released after he was found to be wrongfully convicted in light of new evidence, officials say.

Kerry Porter was serving 60 years for the murder of Tyrone Camp in 1996 and was not eligible for release until 2040. Porter told authorities that another man, Juan Leotis Sanders, was responsible for Camp's death, the Louisville Courier-Journal said.

Attorney Dave Stengel and assistant public advocate Melanie Lowe filed a joint motion for the dismissal of Porter's sentence and won his freedom after a 5-year battle. New evidence in the case came forward, which would have changed the outcome of Porter's trail in 1997, they said.

The first piece of evidence is a statement recently obtained by Louisville Metro Police that "clearly implicates a different person," their motion seeking Porter's release said.

The second was DNA testing from duct tape used to make a homemade silencer left at the crime scene, which turned out to belong to another man who could not be identified.

After his Monday release, Porter "said it was a lot to take in," Lowe told the Courier-Journal. "He's never held a cell phone or seen a flat-screen TV."

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