CLEVELAND, Ohio —A man who spent decades behind bars for a murder he didn’t commit, had charges formally dismissed against him Tuesday morning.
Ronnie Bridgeman was jailed along with his brother, Wiley Bridgeman, and friend Ricky Jackson for a 1975 murder. They men were convicted on the testimony of a witness who was 12-year-old at the time of the murder. That witness, Edward Vernon, has since recanted, saying he was pressured by police into making the identifications.
After the judge dismissed the charges, Ronnie spoke in court and the judge walked over and kissed him.
Ronnie’s brother Wiley and his wife were in court for the hearing.
Ronnie was paroled in 2003, after spending almost 28 years behind bars. Wiley and Jackson were in jail until November.