A decide on Tuesday dismissed double murder charges towards a Georgia man who spent 20 years in prison.
Dennis Perry, 59, was convicted in 2003 and sentenced to life in prison for the 1985 murders of Harold and Thelma Swain, who have been killed after a White man walked right into a Black church in Camden County and fired his gun throughout a night Bible examine session, in keeping with the Georgia Innocence Project, which works to exonerate harmless individuals and assisted Perry together with his case.
“It took a long time, but I never gave up,” Perry stated in a Monday assertion. “I knew that eventually someone else would see the truth and I’m so grateful to Georgia Innocence Project and King & Spalding for bringing the truth to light. This indictment has been hanging over my head for over 20 years, and it’s such a relief to finally not have to worry about being accused of this awful thing.”
Police interviewed “hundreds” of suspects, together with Perry, following the 1985 murders, however Perry solely turned a primary suspect after the Camden County sheriff promised former deputy Dale Bundy a job if he might clear up the case, in keeping with GIP.
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Perry was convicted after his ex-girlfriend’s mom testified that he had stated he wished to kill Harold Swain. It was revealed later that authorities allegedly rewarded the mom with $12,000 for her testimony, Fox 5 Atlanta reported.
Glynn County Superior Court Judge Stephen Scarlett granted Perry a brand new trial in 2020 after DNA proof from the crime scene didn’t match Perry’s and reporting from the Atlanta Constitution-Journal led authorities to a unique suspect.
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Scarlett granted a movement to dismiss the case on Monday, and Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney Keith Higgin stated he wouldn’t pursue the case. Higgin stated the Swains’ household “did not believe that Dennis Perry committed these murders” and gave him their blessing to not proceed with the case towards Perry, Fox 5 reported.
“We are grateful that, at last, the new Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney, Keith Higgins, was willing to evaluate this case based on principles of justice and dismiss the charges, rather than simply fight to secure a conviction at any cost,” GIP Executive Director Clare Gilbert stated in a Monday assertion.
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Since being freed, Perry has frolicked together with his spouse, Brenda, and is reconnecting with mates, in keeping with GIP, which arrange a fundraiser for the 59-year-old so he can readjust to life outdoors prison after spending 20 years behind bars.
“I am grateful that this part of the nightmare is behind me,” Perry advised press outdoors a Georgia courthouse on Monday, in keeping with Fox 5.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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