A man freed
Ray Hinton was released from Alabama state custody yesterday after prosecutors abandoned an effort to bring him to trial a second time.
Mr Hinton was convicted in the 1985 killing of two fast-food workers. The only evidence against him were bullets found at the crime scene.
Prosecutors said a new analysis could not link the bullets to Mr Hinton’s gun.
Defence lawyers had tried for nearly two decades to get the state to re-examine the ballistics evidence, arguing it would exonerate Mr Hinton.
Lawyer Bryan Stevenson said Mr Hinton’s conviction was a case study in what is wrong with the legal system.
Mr Stevenson said Mr Hinton encountered racial bias, was too poor to mount a rigorous defence, and was the victim of “bad science”.