Woman exonerated in murder case after 17 years

Oct 11, 2014 12:45 AM

A woman who spent 17 years in prison for the death of a homeless man is free after being exonerated by a Los Angeles County judge.

Susan Mellen was released Friday evening from a Torrance courthouse. She told reporters that she always had faith that God would free her.

The 59-year-old also hugged her grandchild for the first time and did a little dance of happiness.

Her conviction was overturned earlier in the day by a judge who said he was convinced of her innocence.

Mellen was convicted of the 1997 murder of a homeless man based solely on witness testimony - and a woman who claimed she heard Mellen confess had a history of giving false tips to authorities.


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