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Wrongfully convicted Massachusetts man freed from jail after serving 27 years for murder

Added 12-08-21 09:13:02am EST - “A Massachusetts man walked out of jail and embraced his family for the first time as a free man in 27 years after a judge tossed his 1995 murder conviction, citing police corruption at the time.” - Nydailynews.com

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A Massachusetts man walked out of jail and embraced his family for the first time as a free man in 27 years after a judge tossed his 1995 murder conviction, citing police corruption at the time.

James Lucien was sentenced more than two decades ago to life in prison in connection with the death of Ryan Edwards. He was fatally shot the night of June 25, 1994, during what prosecutors called a drug deal-turned-robbery in Roxbury. Lucien and a friend were going to buy cocaine from Edwards and his half brother when the deadly violence unfolded, the Boston Globe reported.

On Tuesday, Judge Robert Ullmann vacated the charges against Lucien, who was, in turn, released from jail after serving more than 20 years for a crime he has long said he did not commit.

“I feel good because I’m with my family now,” Lucien said outside Suffolk County Superior Court. “I’ve been waiting a whole 27 years for this, and now I have the opportunity to be free.”

Lucien’s defense attorney Dennis Toomey contended during a recent hearing that the murder and robbery convictions against his client should be tossed because of an improper police investigation.

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