A US guy was just released from prison after serving 25 years.
After new evidence was submitted by his attorneys, a native Hawaiian man who had been serving a 130-year prison sentence was released.
When Judge Peter Kubota issued the decision on Tuesday, Albert "Ian" Schweitzer had already served 25 years for the 1991 murder, kidnapping, and sexual assault of a lady visiting Hawaii.
During the hearing in a court in the town of Hilo on Hawaii's largest island, Kubota remarked that Schweitzer should be "free from his shackles immediately."
Supporters of Schweitzer, who had been brought to the Big Island for the hearing from the Arizona jail where he was serving his sentence, applauded the statement.
In a phone conversation with the Associated Press, Schweitzer said, "My feelings were all over the place. Nerves, worry, and fear
He continued by calling the legal system "flawed".
The release is the most recent development in a case that received wide media coverage.
For a long time, attorneys have argued that changing stories from alleged eyewitnesses and later retractions called for reexamining the conviction. They said that because Dana Ireland's killer was probably still at large, her family was being denied justice in the case.
Schweitzer wasn't actually released, though, until a petition was submitted late on Monday citing new evidence in the case. The petition contained fresh DNA that connected a shirt discovered at the crime scene that was stained with Ireland's blood to an unidentified individual whose DNA had previously been discovered there.
Following a new investigation of tire tread, it was determined that neither of the locations where Ireland and her bicycle were discovered had been visited by Schweitzer's Volkswagen Beetle.
According to Kenneth Lawson, co-director of the Hawaii Innocence Project, pressure on police increased as a result of the horrible killing's widespread media coverage. As the case dragged on without being solved, the pressure increased.
The media pays much more attention to white female victims than to individuals of color or Native Hawaiians, according to Lawson.
Naturally, the parents were growing increasingly enraged. The pressure to solve this case was immense. And mistakes are made as a result, both intentional and unintended.
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