After more than 20 years, wrongfully convicted murder suspect Evin King is released

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O'Malley announced that a motion was filed to vacate Evin King's 1995 murder conviction. Forensic evidence that was presented at King's trial was reviewed and determined to be inaccurate. A hearing was scheduled for Wednesday morning to review the motion.

King was convicted in 1995 of the murder of his girlfriend, Crystal Hudson. The jury found King guilty based upon scientific evidence, his presence in the apartment, and inconsistent statements, but King is claiming innocence.

"I feel great," said King.

According to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner, the way the DNA evidence was presented in 1995 is no longer valid today.

"The State must pursue justice. After learning of the current analysis of the evidence, I believe that it is my duty to vacate Evin King's conviction," said Prosecutor O'Malley.

When Evin King walked into court Wednesday morning, he got a standing ovation.

"Mr. O'Malley got it right. They got it right. Amen. That's all that counts right now," said King.

Wednesday after the hearing, King's family gathered at the Justice Center and waited anxiously for him to walk out a free man.

He made a few statements and thanked the Ohio Innocence Project for doing the work to get him free.

"I'm not a killer, whatever else I might be, I ain't trying to kill. I'm a lover, not a fighter," said King.

He said he just wanted to walk out and be with his family.

As he walked out into the sunshine and fresh air, he said it felt different but good.

"A'int no doubt, ain't no doubt. It's free," King said.

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