Nathan Myers, left, embraces his uncle, Clifford Williams, after their 1976 murder convictions were overturned in Jacksonville, Florida. Picture: AP
Nathan Myers, left, embraces his uncle, Clifford Williams, after their 1976 murder convictions were overturned in Jacksonville, Florida. Picture: AP

Men cleared after 43 years in jail

Two wrongfully convicted men were released from prison after spending 43 years behind bars in Florida for a murder they didn't commit.

According to the New York Post, years ago another suspect confessed to the murder, but only now have Clifford Williams, 76, and Nathan Myers, 61, been cleared in the 1976 killing of Jeanette Williams.

 

Nathan Myers, left, hugs his uncle, Clifford Williams, during a news conference after their murder convictions were overturned, releasing them from prison after 43 years. Picture: AP
Nathan Myers, left, hugs his uncle, Clifford Williams, during a news conference after their murder convictions were overturned, releasing them from prison after 43 years. Picture: AP

 

They both originally received life sentences.

"I lost almost 43 years of my life that I can never get back, but I am looking ahead and will focus on enjoying my freedom with my family," said Mr Myers in a statement.

The uncle and nephew were freed after a conviction integrity unit of the state's attorney general reviewed the case.

 

Nathan Myers, left, hugs his uncle Frank Williams after the 1976 murder convictions of Myers and his other uncle, Clifford Williams, were overturned. Picture: AP
Nathan Myers, left, hugs his uncle Frank Williams after the 1976 murder convictions of Myers and his other uncle, Clifford Williams, were overturned. Picture: AP

 

It marks the first time the unit's work led to a jailed prisoner being released.

The original case against the men heavily relied on the testimony of Nina Marshall, who was shot alongside Jeanette Williams, but survived.

Her story changed over the years.

 

Nathan Myers says he will focus on enjoying his freedom with his family after his murder conviction was overturned. Picture: AP
Nathan Myers says he will focus on enjoying his freedom with his family after his murder conviction was overturned. Picture: AP

 

The overturned decision followed a 77-page report detailing witness accounts of another man, Nathaniel Lawson, now deceased, who admitted to the murder.

This story originally appeared in the New York Post and was republished with permission.



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