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Darrell Jones, A Prisoner For More Than 3 Decades, Is Freed On Bail

Darrell Jones walks out of the Plymouth County Superior Court in Brockton with his attorney Lisa Kavanaugh after he was released on bail Thursday after being incarcerated for 32 years for a crime he maintains he did not commit. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)MoreCloseclosemore
Darrell Jones walks out of the Plymouth County Superior Court in Brockton with his attorney Lisa Kavanaugh after he was released on bail Thursday after being incarcerated for 32 years for a crime he maintains he did not commit. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Darrell Jones, who has been in prison for 32 years for a murder he has always denied committing, was released on bail Thursday evening.

Two days after another judge ruled Jones would receive a new trial, Plymouth County Superior Court Associate Judge Robert Cosgrove freed the Boston man on $5,000 bail.

In a 39-page ruling Tuesday, Superior Court Judge Thomas McGuire said Jones did not get a fair trial when he was convicted in 1986 of killing a Brockton drug dealer.

McGuire cited new evidence that the lead detective gave false testimony and purposefully altered video of an alleged eyewitness that McGuire said "could have affected the jury's judgment."

"I stayed in prison a long time, not just the fact it's something I didn't do, but it was hard to get people to hear you," Jones said at the courthouse Thursday. "So, I'm trying to get everybody here to understand one point: There's somebody else back at that jail that nobody's listening to, that's probably innocent, and trying to fight like I've been trying to fight."

Jones was the subject of a special investigative series from WBUR and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting.

Surrounded by attorneys, investigators, friends and family, Jones walked out of the same courthouse in Brockton where he was convicted more than three decades ago.

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