VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A California man recently pardoned by Gov. Jerry Brown has had his double-murder conviction vacated by a judge.
Craig Coley walked out of prison last week after nearly four decades.
The 70-year-old was convicted of killing 24-year-old Rhonda Wicht of Simi Valley and her 4-year-old son in 1978.
The Ventura County Star reports a judge Wednesday granted motions vacating the convictions and finding Coley factually innocent.
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Simi Valley’s police chief and Ventura County’s district attorney had asked Brown to pardon him.
They said tests revealed Coley’s DNA isn’t on a key piece of evidence used to convict.
In his clemency application, Coley told the governor that he was framed by a detective who destroyed crucial evidence.
The newspaper says the years he was in custody make Coley eligible for nearly $2 million in compensation.