KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man released from prison after a judge ruled that his 1984 murder trial was constitutionally flawed said Tuesday he hopes his case will convince the public that this country is jailing innocent people.
Darryl Burton was convicted in 1985 of capital murder and armed criminal action and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 50 years. He was released from the Jefferson City Correctional Center on Friday.
During a news conference Tuesday, Burton said he believes there are thousands of other innocent people in U.S. prisons.
"I come to prison thinking that is an isolated incident, I'm the only person this has ever happened to," Burton said. "I thought, justice just don't goof up like this, not in American justice, or what I term American injustice. But it does happen in more cases than we know."
Burton, 46, of St. Louis, was convicted despite the lack of physical evidence or any motive tying him to the fatal gas station shooting in June 1984 in St. Louis. He was convicted solely on the testimony of two men who claimed they saw the shooting.