Tulsa, Oklahoma man Corey Atchinson served more than 28 years behind bars for the 1991 murder of James Wayne, and on Tuesday (July 16), he was freed after a judge overturned the conviction.
Tulsa County District Judge Sharon Holmes concluded that Atchinson was innocent of the shooting, which appeared to be a gang-related robbery back in 1990. Atchinson was 20-years-old when he was arrested six months after the incident, and he was sentenced to a life sentence for the murder. A single witness in the case admitted that he was coerced into testifying against the now 48-year-old man.
Atchinson reacted to the ruling by stating, “I don’t really know what I want to do, because my goal all these years was just to be free.” Atchison is eligible for up to $175,000 in compensation for a wrongful conviction under Oklahoma state law.