A man walks free after 21 years in prison when a witness in the murder case admits to the killing

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Williams even sent a letter to Miller’s mother in December 2002, saying in it that committed the murder.

“I can’t live with this on my conscience. Your son had no knowledge of this crime. He wasn’t even there. I lied on him,” he wrote, according to court records.


Miller filed 10 appeals, his attorney, Thomas Gallagher said. All were denied, he said.

Miller’s legal team, which included the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, took on the case eight years ago and found evidence that had not been previously disclosed to Miller’s defense team, Gallagher said in a news release. That evidence raised questions about what authorities knew about Williams initial testimony, according to court records.

A federal judge on July 1 ordered Miller be released, subject to a decision by the district attorney on whether to pursue a new trial.

‘Insufficient evidence’ to make a case

In a motion filed this week, the District Attorney’s Office said there was “insufficient evidence” to make a case against Miller.

“Williams’ statement to the police was the crux of the case against the defendant,” the motion said.

On Wednesday, a Common Pleas Court judge agreed and ordered Miller released.

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