A Missouri man who spent nearly two decades in prison for a 2001 murder he didn’t commit has finally been released on Monday, WSLS 10 reports.
In 2001, David Robinson was found guilty of shooting 36-year-old mother Sheila Box outside the bar she co-owned in Sikeston, Missouri before stealing the day’s takings.
Despite little physical evidence linking him with the crime, authorities claimed Robinson, who had a history of crimes related to drugs, had killed Box after a drug deal. The prosecutors’ case depended on testimonies given by an informant and a fellow inmate, which were later proven to be false.
Robinson, who is black, was sentenced to life without parole. But in 2004 another man confessed to Box’s murder. In a recording made on August 9, 2004, Romanze Mosby confessed on tape to a defense investigator that he was responsible for selling drugs to Sheila Box, and killing her.
Despite this new evidence, Robinson continued to remain behind bars as repeated attempts to appeal his case were denied. Not until this past February did a judge rule that the conviction should be overturned because the lead detective used “unreliable evidence” to convict Robinson.
Robinson, whose ordeal was documented by CBS News’ “48 Hours,” finally walked out of Jefferson City Correctional a free man on Monday. When “48 Hours” correspondent Moriarty asked Robinson, “What do you want to do when you get out? What’s the first thing you want to do?” His response: “Hug my mother.”
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