Sealed Evidence Kept Three Black Men Behind Bars for 36 Years


Nov 26, 2019 - 4:00
Sealed Evidence Kept Three Black Men Behind Bars for 36 Years

Three black men were released from a Baltimore prison on November 25, after each spending 36 years behind bars for a murder they did not commit. Alfred Chestnut, Ransom Watkins and Andrew Stewart walked free Monday, fully exonerated of the 1983 murder of DeWitt Duckett, a ninth-grade student at Harlem Park Junior High School, over a Georgetown University Starter jacket.

What was reported back in 1983

  • Fourteen-year-old Dewitt Duckett was shot in the neck in the hallway of Harlem Park Junior High School on November 18, 1983, with the shooter taking off with his Georgetown jacket. Dewitt was the first person ever killed inside a Baltimore school.
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