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A Brand-New Twist In A Decades-Old Murder Case Leads To This Man’s Freedom After 14 Years

by Karen Belz
Karen Belz has written for sites such as Bustle, HelloGiggles, Romper, and So Yummy. She's the mom of a sassy toddler and drinks an alarming amount of Sugar-Free Red Bull in order to keep up with her.

Being in jail for a crime you didn’t commit is one of the scariest possible circumstances you can think of.

In the last decade, people have been trying harder than ever to get innocent loved ones out of jail. It may have been due to petty crimes that didn’t deserve lengthy sentences or for trials that didn’t properly provide the correct evidence needed. One of those cases is Ricky Davis.

Back in 2005, Ricky Davis was convicted for a crime he swears he didn’t commit. His roommate at the time, Janet Hylton, was a known newspaper columnist. During the original 1985 investigation, when the incident happened, investigators couldn’t figure out who may have been the culprit.

Years later, they decided on Ricky.

However, in a shocking twist, new DNA evidence has actually led them to a different suspect, who was arrested on Tuesday. Prior to, Ricky had passed a lie detector test and stated that the state had lost key evidence proving his innocence. He was correct. According to the Sacramento Bee, the true criminal was just a juvenile at the time of the murder. The evidence suggests that it may have been someone who knew Janet Hylton’s teenage daughter, who had been out that night with three young men she had just met.

Ricky spent 14 years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. It makes you think about all of the other inmates who have been falsely accused and convicted. There are likely hundreds of inmates currently paying a sentence for someone else’s crime.

Watch the video and see what Ricky’s mom thinks about the case.

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