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Former Arkansas death row inmate freed after 16 years in custody; charges dropped in mutilation case

By Dave Hughes

This article was published October 12, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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Rickey Dale Newman waits Wednesday with his court-appointed attorney, Julie Brain, for his brother outside the Crawford County jail in Van Buren after murder charges were dismissed against the former death-row inmate. “I’m a little nervous,” Newman said. “I mean, I’ve been locked up for 16 years, seven months and nine days. I have no idea what this world is all about.”



After more than 16 years in custody, including as many as 12 on death row, Rickey Dale Newman walked out of the Crawford County jail Wednesday a free man.



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arkateacher54 says... October 12, 2017 at 6:07 a.m.

I'm a little nervous too, with this man running around loose

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hah406 says... October 12, 2017 at 8:21 a.m.

Who knows if he did it or not. My question is, if the police agencies did such a great investigation and concluded that he was the only possible killer, why did they have to rely only on his confession to convict? They should have been able to convict based on the evidence. I mean, most murderers are convicted after saying "i didn't do it."

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sjmays says... October 12, 2017 at 8:35 a.m.

This is the problem I have with the death penalty. There is always a chance of convicting an innocent person.

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JSS824 says... October 12, 2017 at 9:14 a.m.

I cant believe this "creature" / man is going to be on the street. He was homeless before and i am guessing has little chance of employment or taking care of himself. For those of you that are thankful the so called innocent man was release I hope he ends up in your community and not mine.

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LR1955 says... October 12, 2017 at 6:32 p.m.

The guy really didn't have much of a chance from day one with that terrible mother & her beast of a boyfriend. Sounds like he's going to get some help from his brother & the VA, Then move away.

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