When it was finished, the prosecutor turned and spoke directly to the prisoner. “Mr. Shipley, have a happy holiday.”
The courtroom erupted into sobs and cheers. Clarence Shipley Jr. sagged into the arms of his defense attorney because after 27 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit, he was a free man.
Shipley was exonerated Tuesday afternoon in Baltimore Circuit Court of robbing and killing a 29-year-old chef in Cherry Hill nearly three decades ago.
He had been convicted on faulty witness testimony and imprisoned at 20 years old. Now 47, he was headed home to his wife in time for Christmas.
“Good luck, sir,” Baltimore Circuit Judge Jeffrey Geller told...