Philadel­phia man ex­on­er­ated af­ter 24 years in pri­son

Cape Breton Post - - News -

PHILADEL­PHIA — A Philadel­phia man who spent 24 years in pri­son for a mur­der he says he didn’t com­mit has been ex­on­er­ated.

Shaurn Thomas’ con­vic­tion was re­moved dur­ing a hear­ing Tues­day. His lawyers say he could be re­leased later Tues­day or Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

The Philadel­phia Inquirer says (http://bit.ly/2rx­mOgl ) the court­room erupted in cheers from his fam­ily and lawyers with the Penn­syl­va­nia In­no­cence Project.

Thomas had been con­victed of par­tic­i­pat­ing in the slay­ing of a busi­ness­man who was shot in Novem­ber 1990 while tak­ing $25,000 to a check­cash­ing store.

Thomas claimed he was at a cen­tre for ju­ve­nile of­fend­ers for an un­re­lated of­fence on the day of the killing.

The jury wasn’t swayed, and he earned a life sen­tence in 1993.

Pros­e­cu­tors could choose to re­file charges but haven’t said if they will.

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