Lamar Johnson is a free man after spending 13 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.
The 33-year-old Baltimore man was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the daytime fatal shooting of a man in 2004. But with the help of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, attorney David Benowitz of Price Benowitz and the Conviction Integrity Unit at the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office, Johnson would eventually get all of his charges dropped.
Johnson's attorneys say the case against Johnson was "weak" and he was identified as a suspect in the murder after he was misidentified from an informant based on the shooter's nickname.
At his trial, two teenage witnesses identified Johnson as the killer, but "their testimony was riddled with problems," according to his attorneys.
When the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, Benowitz and the Conviction Integrity Unit took up Johnson's case, new witnesses emerged to help prove that Johnson was not the gunman.More