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Man cleared of murder after spending 32 years in jail with “faulty evidence”

A man has been cleared of murder after they spend 32 years in jail with faulty evidence.

Gilbert Poole Jr got exonerated this week after they spent 32 years in prison after they were falsely convicted of a fatal stabbing in Detroit, USA. 

Authorities in the United States of America have agreed that he was wrongly convicted on base of faulty evidence.

One of the evidence that was presented in court was a bite mark that was present on the victim. 

For years, Poole challenged the charges that were given to him.

Experts from the Innocence Project at WMU-Cooley Law School were helping him out in removing the false charges.

Recently, an Oakland County Judge dismissed the conviction at the request of the Michigan Attorney General’s Office.

A couple of hours later, he was released from jail in Jackson.

Poole, who is now 56 years old, said:

I spent decades learning, reading, studying law, but none of that was working for me. It wasn’t until I surrendered to a higher power and God stepped in and sent me a band of angels to look past the rules and regulations and looked to see who was standing in the furnace. I was standing in the furnace. I didn’t belong here.

Poole was convicted in the fatal stabbing of Robert Mejia.

The body of Mejia was discovered in a Pontiac Field.

His girlfriend told the police that he confessed to her that he met Mejia in a bar and killed him during a violent robbery attempt.

A dentist then linked him to a bite mark on the victim. 

The man constantly denied the slaying of Mejia.

In 2015, the Michigan Court of Appeals ordered DNA testing of biological material gathered by the police in 1998.

There was type A blood at the scene, but Poole or Mejia did not have type A blood.

Robyn Frankel, the Assistant Attorney General, said:

Someone else fought with Robert Mejia in the woods that early morning and someone else killed him.

Dana Nessel, the Attorney Genereal, said that the prosecutor’s office, which handled the case in 1988 to 1989, did not have any objection in the conviction getting overturned.

Marla Mitchell-Chicon, the lawyer of Poole, said that they are thrilled that the truth is now out. 

Pool is now allowed to get post-prison services such as housing assistance. 

He is also eligible to get wrongful conviction compensation programme.

He can get $1.6 million dollars under the Michigan’s program.

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