Thousands raised for men exonerated in ’75 murder
CLEVELAND (AP) — Thousands of dollars have been raised to help two men who have been exonerated in a 1975 Cleveland slaying after decades in prison.
WKYC-TV in Cleveland reports (http://on.wkyc.com/1uRtn8k ) donations on public crowd-funding Web pages for 57-year-old Ricky Jackson and 60-year-old Wiley Bridgeman totaled more than $25,000 in just a few days.
Jackson and Bridgeman were released from jail Friday after a judge dismissed the cases against them. The dismissals came after the key witness in the case — a then-13-year-old boy — recanted his testimony last year.
Jackson’s GoFundMe fundraiser page had raised more than $26,000 as of Sunday. Bridgeman’s page raised more than $600.
The pages were set up by the Ohio Innocence Project and Ohioans to Stop Executions to help the men rebuild their lives.
Information from: WKYC-TV, http://www.wkyc.com