A California man said he was “just happy to be out,” after spending 15 years behind bars for a murder he maintains that he never committed. Ricky Davis was freed on Thursday after being convicted and thanked with new DNA evidence and help after he was convicted. Northern California Innocence Project. He spoke exclusively to CBS News’ Dennis Poon after his release from prison.
Davis was sentenced to 16 years in 2005 for the 1985 murder of 54-year-old newspaper columnist Jane Hilton. He was found stabbed 29 times inside the home he shared with his teenage daughter, Davis, and Davis’s then girlfriend.
The office of Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert credits the discovered genetic lineage. New technology that was not available at the time of Davis’ conviction found male DNA on the victim’s nightgown and under her fingernails that she did not own.
The search party built a family tree that took them to a new suspect, 51-year-old Michael Green, who is now in police custody. Authorities said Green was one of three teenagers who accompanied Hilton’s daughter on the night of the murder. He is not considered a suspect, and authorities helped identify Green.
Now, Davis has been able to reunite with his family and even shared a pizza with his loved ones and the legal team, which helps him escape.
He said, “They are angels. They really are. And they really came into my life when I really needed them, more than anything else in the world.”
Melissa O’Connell, one of the attorneys for the Northern California Innocence Project, said, “I’ve known Ricky for about 10 years, working on his case. He’s seen me through two children.”
Speaking just after his release, Davis said that “he misses a lot of things that I can’t even tell you.”
He said, “I have forgotten more things than I remember.” “I miss this beautiful country. I miss the trees. I miss everything. I miss the fresh air. You know you can never be ready for it. I realize that That you just pick up the pieces and move on, and make the best. ” Left.”
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