Man Who Spent 12 Years In Prison For Crime He Didn’t Commit Shot Dead
A Mississippi man who was recently exonerated after spending 12 years in prison was tragically shot and killed down the street from his home.
Cedric Willis, 44, was found dead on June 24, in the middle of the street in Jackson.
Willis had been exonerated by the Innocence Project in New Orleans. He was a motivational speaker prior to his death.
People reports that the arrest stemmed from an incident back in 1994 when he was just 19. Willis had just had baby when he was accused of raping a woman and killing a man. The victims then gave a false description of Willis.
He never admitted any guilt and insisted he was innocent until a judge cleared him of the charged in 2006.
“Cedric was very shy and very wary,” attorney Emily Maw of Innocence Project said. “He’d come to the point where he didn’t really trust or believe anyone remembered that he was there except his mom and his family.”
“It took a while for him to trust that we were going to stick around and get this done,” she said.
“He was a very low-key guy dealing with an awful lot: the unimaginable wrong and pain he suffered and the difficulty of being a black man in Jackson, Mississippi,” Maw added.
Willis was murdered while he was making his way home. As of now, authorities are still investigating the crime.