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Former death row inmate Michael Keenan released from prison
Michael Keenan freed, murder charge from 24 years ago dismissed by Cuyahoga County judge
By: Attorney For Freedom
Judge John Russo set bond at $5,000 today, essentially allowing Keenan to be freed immediately.
Another federal judge ruled in April that Keenanhad to be tried again or have his verdict set aside.
Both Keenan and D'Ambrosio spent many years on death row, always professing their innocence.
A Catholic priest who befriended D'Ambrosio in prison and was convinced of his innocence worked with lawyers to uncover evidence favorable to both defendants that had been withheld by county prosecutors at trial.
That evidence included police statements that concluded Klann could not have been killed at Doan Brook, as the prosecutors' only eyewitness to the killing claimed.
Eddie Espinoza, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection with Klann's death and was given a reduced sentence, claimed that Keenan slit Klann's throat and D'Ambrosio stabbed him in the chest.
The withheld evidence also included information that the man who led police to Keenan, D'Ambrosio and Espinoza, had a possible motive for killing Klann.
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