TULSA, Okla. — A man will get his freedom after serving time for a crime he says he did not commit.
Corey Atchison has been in prison since 1991 when he was convicted in the murder of James Warren Lane. He was sentenced to life in prison but always maintained his innocence.
Atchison's attorneys say he was convicted on testimony from a single witness.
That witness recently came forward saying he was coerced by police into testifying against Atchison.
Attorneys also argue that two other teens testified saying police and Tim Harris -- a former prosecutor and District Attorney -- coerced them into falsely testifying.
Judge Sharon Holmes delayed the decision on whether or not to overturn Atchison's conviction on June 11 until July 16 -- citing her recent medical leave.
The judge found Atchison innocent.
FOX23's Preston Jones spoke with Atchison's brother, Malcolm Scott, who was convicted in a separate murder case in 1994 along with Demarchoe Carpenter:
Scott and Carpenter's convictions were vacated in 2016 over similar accusations of coercion.
Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler gave FOX23 the following response to Holmes' ruling:
Corey Atchison's attorney, Joseph Norwood released a statement as a response to Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler.
In 2014, another Tulsa murder conviction was overturned due to new evidence and an admission by Harris that he "misspoke" at the trial. Michelle Murphy spent nearly 20 years in prison before she was released.
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