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Alabama man weeps as he is released after spending nearly 30 years on death row

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Anthony Ray Hinton (58) was convicted of murdering two restaurant managers in Birmingham in 1985
Anthony Ray Hinton (58) was convicted of murdering two restaurant managers in Birmingham in 1985

An Alabama man wept as he was released after nearly 30 years on death row.

Anthony Ray Hinton (58) was convicted of murdering two restaurant managers in Birmingham in 1985.

But he was granted a new trial last year after tests on bullets found at the crime scene could not be connected to a gun found at Mr Hinton's home, 

Walking out of the Jefferson Country Jail in Birmingham, Mr Hinton hugged family members and said: "Thank you, Jesus."

"All they had to do was test the gun," Mr Hinton said, explaining why he shouldn't have had to sit on death row for nearly three decades.

"Every day, every month, every year that the state took from him, they took something that they don't have the power to give back," said Mr Stevenson.

His lawyer, Bryan Stevenson, said his client was convicted because he could not afford better legal counsel.

At his first trial, Mr Hinton's lawyer believed his client only had $1,000 (£670) to hire an expert that could defend against the prosecution's allegations about the bullets.