Murder Charges Dismissed Against Man Who Served Years in Prison, Cloudy and Gray, Bengals Coach Calls Manziel a "Midget"

Murder Charges Dismissed Against Man Who Served Years in Prison, Cloudy and Gray, Bengals Coach Calls Manziel a "Midget"

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The last of the three men who spent decades in prison for a murder they did not commit, appeared  in court Tuesday morning to have the charges formally dismissed.

Ronnie Bridgeman finished serving his time in 2003 for a murder committed 29-years-old ago.

The other two men, including his brother Wiley Bridgeman and Ricky Jackson, were freed last month. Both men were convicted of 59-year-old Harold Franks murder on August 13, 1975.

The case against the three men fell apart when a boy who was the prosecutor's star witness recanted his testimony in 2013.


Cloudy and gray with some drizzle &/or rain. Just in spots: Really light. High: 37


Cloudy chance of snow Light to 1” poss.. LOW: 31


Chance of snow showers could see 1-2” accumulation. High: 34

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati Bengal's Head Coach Marvin Lewis does not seem worried about who will be under center for Cleveland this Sunday. When asked if he would two game plans ready against Cleveland, Lewis was clear that it does not matter who is playing quarterback.

“That doesn't impact you at all,” Lewis said in an interview on 700 WLW. “You've got to go defend the offense, you don't defend the player. Particularly, a midget.”

The last sentence is presumably a shot at former Heisman winning quarterback Johnny Manziel. Manziel is listed as six-feet-tall on the Browns' official website. The quarterback controversy has heated up in Cleveland these past few weeks after two straight losses.

Lewis sent out a statement Monday in regard to the comments. "I apologize to Johnny, to the Browns and the fans of Cleveland.  It was just a poor remark.  I really didn't mean anything by it," Lewis said.

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Julia Tullos, WOIO, Assignment Manager