Anthony Ray Hinton has spent nearly the last three decades of his life on Alabama’s death row – for a crime he did not commit – and now the 58 year old may have been freed, but he cannot get those years back.
For the first time since 1985, Hinton stepped outside a free man after Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Laura Petro ordered his release following the state declining to refile charges following the ordering of a new trial back in 2014.
After retesting the bullets found at the crime scenes and the ones at Hinton’s home, firearms experts claimed that the two deaths Hinton was accused of were firstly not related – and secondly were not committed by the gun Hinton was in possession of at the time of the two murders.
He spoke to reporters after being freed and claimed:
All they had to do was to test the gun, but when you think you’re high and mighty and you’re above the law, you don’t have to answer to nobody,
But I’ve got news for you – everybody that played a part in sending me to death row, you will answer to God.
Hinton is now trying to rebuild his life, but sadly the two murders of John Davidson and Thomas Wayne Vason remain unsolved.