A man has been released from a Chicago Jail for a crime that took place 19-years ago. According to a report from THE NEW YORK POST, 44-year old, Kevin Dugar had been behind bars since his arrest for a murder that took place in 2003.
A gunman opened fire on three people on a street corner in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood in March of 03′. Antwan Carter (no age given) was killed in the shooting. Another man, Ronnie Bolden, was injured in the same shooting. Dugar was convicted of the crimes in 2005. He was then sentenced to serve 54-years in prison. Dugar claimed he was innocent from the moment he was arrested.
In 2003, Dugar’s twin brother Karl Smith wrote to Dugar and confessed to being the person who committed the crimes. Carter’s confession was not enough to grant Dugar a new trial, according to the judge that denied Dugar’s appeal because Smith was “not credible.” Smith’s credibility was in question because he was already serving a 99-year prison sentence for a home invasion, that tragically turned into the murder of a young child. Smith had recently run out of appeals in his own case. The judge said this was the reason Smith was claiming to have committed the murder his brother was in prison for. He had nothing to lose.
A lawyer with the Northwestern Pritzker School Of Law’s Center On Wrongful Convictions, caught wind of Dugar’s situation and stepped in to help out. Their help, helped to get Dugar back into the courtroom to once again attempt to prove his innocence. On Tuesday a judge ruled that Dugar will be granted a new trial, and even better, Dugar was released on bail. No word on when Dugar is due back in court, or if the D.A. is looking to take Dugar to trial again, or accept that Dugar’s brother was the one to committ the crimes.