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Kwame Ajamu release after 40 years in prison

It had taken nearly 40 years, but Ajamu was no longer a convicted murderer.

Moments earlier, Judge Barker had dismissed his charges and county prosecutor Tim McGinty had conveyed a message through an assistant that Ajamu; his brother, Wiley Bridgeman; and their friend Ricky Jackson “have been the victims of a terrible injustice”.

The three had been convicted and sentenced to death in the slaying of a businessman outside on a corner store on a warm spring day in 1975. The case against them unraveled last year when the prosecution’s star witness recanted his testimony.