Murder Charges Dismissed Against Kwame Ajamu

Kwame Ajamu, free after 28 years for a wrongful conviction for murder (pic: Brian Bull)
Kwame Ajamu, free after 28 years for a wrongful conviction for murder (pic: Brian Bull)
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Ajamu served 28 years for his alleged role in the death of a business owner, a case that banked on the testimony of a young boy…who eventually recanted his account last year.

With the case against Ajamu and the others unraveled, it’s been a matter of courts formally dismissing charges so that the men can finally go free…or in Ajamu’s case, having the stigma of a murder conviction struck from his past. He was released in 2003.

Cleveland Attorney Terry Gilbert represents the men. He says their recent mood is “ecstatic.”

“Because they have been vindicated," says Gilbert. "It has been acknowledged that these three men were innocent and did not commit the crime. And now they could hold their head up high, and know that he system has recognized that they were victims of a terrible injustice.”

Now Gilbert is working on compensation for his clients. Prosecutors say they won’t contest the men’s wrongful conviction claims, helping facilitate efforts to gain compensation for Ajamu, his brother Wiley Bridgeman, and Ricky Jackson after decades behind bars.

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