Friday, November 13, 2020

Wrongfully convicted Tennessee man released after 15 years in prison for 1998 murder case

 Joseph Webster, 41, was released from custody in Nashville on Tuesday after nearly 15 years in Tennessee prisons on a life sentence for a crime the courts now believe he didn't commit. 

USA TODAY

He walked out of the Downtown Detention Center to a small crowd of family and old friends who had gathered over the course of about three hours.

"It's time to pick the pieces up, start my life again," he said.

Webster was convicted in 2006 on a charge of first-degree murder in the 1998 killing of Leroy Owens. Webster was indicted on the murder charge while in custody for a lesser conviction and has spent nearly two decades in jail on the combined sentences. 

But a years-long investigation by the District Attorney's Conviction Review Unit revealed new evidence that led the state to fully lose confidence in the case against Webster. 

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