Malcolm Scott and Cory Atchison were released from prison after being falsely convicted of certain murders.
Malcolm Scott and Cory Atchison are brothers from Tulsa, Oklahoma, who have been fighting for years to drop their charges of wrongful murder. For the special episode of NBC News Dateline, titled The Long Walk to Freedom, here’s what you need to know about where the brothers are today.
Both men have been released from prison
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Malcolm Scott was released in 2016 after serving 20 to life in a 1994 shooting that killed 19-year-old Karen Summers. His brother Cory Atchison was subsequently released from prison in 2019, after serving 28 years for wrongful murder in connection with the death of James Lane in a 1990 shooting.
When Scott was released, he thanked Project Innocence for everything they had done to bring him back to life and congratulated private investigator Eric Cullen for taking over the case for nothing.
I’ve worked very hard for 10 years and I honestly thought I’d never get the chance, Cullen told Tulsa World.
When his brother was released from prison, Scott told Tulsa World that it was that love, that faith, that strength, that support that brought us here and brought him home.
Scott now works as a personal trainer in the Houston area and tells Tulsa World that he hopes Atchison will be able to assist him with the opening of a health food restaurant near the gym where Scott works. Atchison used the kitchen as an outlet to maintain the atmosphere in prison.
You’re going to fall and you have to get up quickly, because if you interfere, he’ll reject you. Go on. Keep going. It’s the only way to do it. I can’t hold a grudge. Life is too short, Achison told reporters after his release.
Scott was released after the real culpritswere found.
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Scott and his friend De Marco Carpenter, then 18 years old, were convicted of premeditated murder and other related charges.
But with the help of Cullen, a private investigator from Tulsa, and the Oklahoma Innocence Project, new evidence has emerged that justifies Scott and Carpenter. The new evidence is that three men testified under oath that they were the real perpetrators of the trip, plus witnesses who signed an affidavit withdrawing their testimony, Tulsa World said.
One of the affidavits was made by Michael Wilson, a man charged with murder with Scott and the carpenter, but who asked to be charged as an accomplice in exchange for his testimony against two other men. However, in January 2015, Wilson gave a video interview about the Innocence of Oklahoma project in which he confessed that he was a deadly shooter and that Scott and Carpenter were not involved in the shooting. Wilson was executed two days later for a separate murder in 1995, but in his last words before the execution he reiterated that Scott and Carpenter were innocent.
Two other men have confessed to taking part in the shooting: Billy Don Alverson and Richard Harjo. Alverson was executed in 2011 for the same murder as Wilson in 1995, while Harjo has been serving a life sentence for this separate crime since he was 16 years old at the time.
Atchison was released because the key witness had withdrawn his testimony of.
Cory Atchison was found innocent by the court in Tulsa after 28 years in prison. Tulsa County judge Sharon Holmes found Cory Atchison, 48, not guilty of first-degree murder. He was convicted in 1991 and spent 28 years in prison. Prosecutors have stated that they intend to appeal. 2019-07-16T20:50:17Z
After Scott’s release, Etcheson’s lawyer, Joe Norwood, began working with the same private investigator who had worked on the Scott case. In 2017, Doan Thomas, a key witness in the Atchison trial, signed an affidavit that he was under pressure to identify Atchison as a suspect. Another witness, Benjamin King, testified in 1991.
District Judge Sharon Holmes noted that this gave the court reason to wonder what really happened and, after hearing other witnesses whose description of the criminal did not match Atchison’s, Holmes overturned his conviction.
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