Philadelphia man exonerated after 24 years in prison
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.