Sacramento man found not guilty after 19 years in prison

Nov 5, 2015 12:35 PM by News Staff, Photo: KCRA

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - After nearly two decades in prison, a Sacramento man has been found not guilty and must adjust to life as a free man.

Richard Alex Williams was 18 years old when he was arrested in 1996. His first trial ended with a hung jury, but a second found him guilty of murder and attempted murder.

On Monday, a jury acquitted him of those same charges. Williams is now 37.

Since his arrest, Williams has denied responsibility for the fatal South Sacramento shooting. But he says eye witness testimony said otherwise.

At his recent trial, Williams gave his own 30-minute closing argument. His attorney says that might have been the turning point of the trial.

Williams' girlfriend was pregnant when he was arrested, and he says his priority now is to be there for his son.

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