Eddie Bolden is greeted by friends and family as he walks out of Cook County Jail a free man after spending 22 years in prison for a crime he did not commit Tuesday, April 19, 2016, in Chicago. A Cook County judge threw out murder convictions against Bolden, the fatal shooting of two men in 1994, and prosecutors declined to retry him. Bolden was 46 years old at the time of his release. “When I stepped outside…there’s a difference between stepping out on a prison yard and seeing daylight and stepping outside outside. And I stepped outside and it’s…I still can’t explain it. It was like I stepped into a whole new world for real,” he said, one year later in April 2017. At his 1996 trial, a county jury convicted Bolden based on the testimony of Clifford Frazier, who was wounded in the shooting in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Chicago. Frazier’s brother, Derrick, and another man were killed.

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