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‘I was good. I never had more than a speeding ticket.’
CLEVELAND — “There is like millions of pounds being lifted off of my shoulders.”
Those are the words from Dwayne Brooks – a man who has spent decades in prison – as the Cleveland murder case against him is expected to be dismissed today.
It comes as a motion to dismiss hearing is set for 10:30 a.m. today before Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge William McGinty.
The case dates back to Aug. 17, 1987, when a shooting occurred at Luke Easter Park. Brooks was charged and later convicted of aggravated murder in 1988.
Fast forward to April 12, 2023, when Brooks was granted a new trial as court records declare it was found “that several exhibits were not disclosed during the discovery phase prior to trial in 1988. The Court specifically found three exhibits to be exculpatory, and three other exhibits to be favorable to the defense.”
Then, earlier this week, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley filed a motion to dismiss the case against Brooks.
3News was able to speak with Brooks as he learned the news.
“For the last 35-36 years, you know, being hunted down like a criminal when I was the absolute opposite. I was good. I never had more than a speeding ticket.”
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