Man freed after 22 years in prison after charges in fire dropped

Cape Breton Post - - World -

CHICAGO — A Chicago man has been re­leased from prison after serv­ing more than 20 years of a life sen­tence he re­ceived for a fire that killed two peo­ple on the city’s south­west side in 1993.

Adam Gray was re­leased from an Illi­nois prison Wed­nes­day after Cook County pros­e­cu­tors re­cently de­cided to dis­miss the charges against him. They said fire sci­ence ad­vance­ments raised too many ques­tions about his con­vic­tion.

Fire sci­ence ad­vance­ments date to the early 1990s, but in­ves­ti­ga­tors didn’t em­brace the changes for years. Gray’s at­tor­neys spent re­cent years fight­ing his con­vic­tions based on the un­re­li­a­bil­ity of the sci­en­tific tes­ti­mony at his trial. The fire oc­curred in March 1993, when Gray was 14. He says he’s still hav­ing dif­fi­culty be­liev­ing he’s a free man after spend­ing more than half his life in prison.

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