CLEVELAND (AP) – A second man convicted nearly 40 years ago in a 1975 Cleveland slaying has walked out of jail a free man.
Sixty-year-old Wiley Bridgeman exited the Cuyahoga County jail just a couple hours after 57-year-old Ricky Jackson did the same.
A judge dismissed the charges against the two men Friday after the key witness against Jackson, Bridgeman and his brother Ronnie Bridgeman at trial, a 13-year-old boy, recanted last year and said Cleveland police detectives coerced him into testifying that the three killed businessman Harry Franks the afternoon of May 19, 1975.
Bridgeman, leaving the courthouse and jail Friday, embraced his brother, who was released in 2003.
He said, “The bitterness is over.”