More than 17 years after they were imprisoned for a murder they have long said they did not commit, Eric Glisson and Cathy Watkins walked free on Wednesday outside the Bronx County Hall of Justice, prompting an emotional scene there and ending a chapter in what may come to be seen as an extraordinary breakdown in criminal justice.
“I never thought I’d see this day because I had a life sentence,” Mr. Glisson said after both appeared outside the courthouse, each addressing crowds of friends, relatives and other supporters.
“I worked hard,” he continued. “I persevered, and with effort and determination I’m standing here before you.”
Earlier in the day in court, a Bronx prosecutor told a judge that the district attorney’s office had decided to take the “unprecedented” step of allowing Ms. Watkins, 44, and Mr. Glisson, 37, to be released, each wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet, while the office continued to investigate findings that strongly suggested they were innocent. Read More