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NY man convicted for Harrisburg murder seeks freedom

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Lorenzo Johnson Lorenzo Johnson
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Attorneys for Lorenzo Johnson say the justice system has failed their client in the past, but they hope he will get his freedom again.

They say there is overwhelming evidence that Johnson is innocent of any involvement in the 1995 shooting death of Tarajay Williams near 14th and Market streets.

Supporters dropped off a petition containing more than 1,000 signatures asking Attorney General Kathleen Kane to hold an evidentiary hearing.

Johnson was freed from prison in January 2012 after filing several appeals, but the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the decision six months later and sent him back to prison to serve a life sentence.

His attorneys say their client should go free because key witnesses have since recanted their stories and have claimed they were coerced by investigators.

They have also appealed for an evidentiary hearing before the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas.

 

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