Judge frees man after 38 years behind bars
A convicted for the murder of a girl American man – a crime he has always denied committing knows his first weekend of freedom in 38 years after a New York judge released him.
David Bryant was 18 when he was convicted of beating, raping and killing Karen Smith, an eight-year-old daughter found dead in an apartment stairwell in the Bronx in March 1975.
After confessing first, the teenager, who knew the family of the victim, pleaded not guilty. This week, after years of trials and appeals, Seth Marvin Bronx judge ordered his release.
Marvin refused to comment on the guilt or innocence of Bryant, but said he did not believe the accused could receive a fair trial because he was not properly represented by his lawyer at the time.
The judge noted that the court-appointed lawyer, Paul Auerbach, never asked for blood type Bryant be checked, which would have undermined the case against him.
“This error is in the category of rare cases where a single mistake in defense, competent is so serious and prejudicial to deprive defendant of a fair trial
trial, “said Marvin, denouncing the” negligence and ignorance “the defense lawyer.
When Bryant heard the decision, he was filled with joy and terror. “I have no place to go. I do not have a penny to my name. What will I do? I do not know yet, “said Bryant Daily News.
But he said, marveling at the world has changed after nearly four decades behind bars, he hopes to do good. “I know I can not get 38 years. But I hope
that time is something interesting, and I can not use something to give back, “he said.