Podcasters Free Men Imprisoned For 25 Years After Uncovering New Evidence

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The law lays down its hand of justice to those who have committed crimes. For some, they get what’s due them. For others, they find themselves locked behind bars despite being innocent. Unfair circumstances led them to that.

While lawyers and detectives work hard to gather evidence, some cases are simply difficult to solve. If you can just imagine the case of these two men who had been suffering for years only to get help from an unwitting ally.

Two men had been wrongfully-imprisoned for more than 20 years. However, for the first time, they were able to spend Christmas with their families. Credit should be given to a podcast and non-profit advanced evidence because they were able to finally prove their innocence.

The men were Darrell Lee Clark and Cain Joshua Storey. They were merely teenagers when they had to be sent for trial for a murder of their 15-year-old friend. The said friend died of gunshot wounds at a party back in 1996.

Clack’s charges were all dropped after a motion for a new trial was field with the help of his attorneys from the Georgia Innocence Project. Because of this, he and Storey became free men. “You never think something like that is going to happen to you,” Clark said when he asked to make a statement on the matter.

“Never would I have thought I would spend more than half my life in prison, especially for something I didn’t do. I’m just glad the truth finally came to light after 25 years. I’m so thankful for the Georgia Innocence Project and Proof Podcast for what they did. Without them, I would still be in prison.”

The allies were Susan Simpson and Jacinda Davis. They host a podcast called “Proof.” They started to interview the state’s two key witnesses about the case. They were able to collect the details of the caise and found that at a party, 15-year-old Brian Bowling shot himself after playing a game of Russian Roulette with a gun that was allegedly provided by Storey. Storey was then charged with manslaughter after the incident, but Bowling’s family had been deeply mourning at that time. So, they pleaded for the charge to be upgraded to murder. They then charged Clark to conspiracy to murder even if he had an alibi that corroborated his whereabouts that night.

What the hosts of the Proof podcast did was interview the party hostess. She admitted that the police at that time forced her into making false statements about the boy’s testimonies. The second witness that they had was a man with a hearing impairment. Simpson and Davis got him on record and they were able to show that he was not able to separate the Bowling murder details with a case that was very similar from ten years ago in 1976.

Moreover, the hearing impaired witness said that he never saw Clark run into Bowling’s yard. This detail was then the cornerstone of his charging when he was on trial.

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“An autopsy in the case would have solved it, yet they refused to get an autopsy,” said Luke Martin, Storey’s attorney. “That autopsy would have shown this was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

The Georgia Innocence Project also reported, as per NBC, that a coroner that worked on the body then was untrained as a doctor. He testified that the gunshot was not self-inflicted based on his gut feel, which had no basis whatsoever.

A Redditor was closely following the case. He commented on a thread about Clark and Storey’s release. He said that this coroner was eventually sent to federal prison for wide-scale fraud that he allegedly committed while working as a coroner. In fact, it was found that he was actually sending bills to the families for the bodies he autopsied.

“We are elated, thrilled that he is finally home after all this time. It’s even better that it’s in time for the holidays,” Clark’s attorney, Meagan Hurley, stated. “Twenty-five years is an incredibly long time to spend incarcerated for a crime you didn’t commit.”

Hurley gives credit to the Bowlings because they agreed to hear what the podcasters and attorneys had to share about the case.


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