Oregon man freed after 10 years in prison

A gavel in a courtroom (MGN Online, file)
A gavel in a courtroom (MGN Online, file)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — After more than a decade behind bars, Samuel Lawson is a free man.

The 38-year-old Lawson was sentenced to life in prison after a jury convicted him of fatally shooting a man at the Umpqua National Forest campground in 2003.

The Oregon Supreme Court overturned his conviction in 2012, saying there were serious questions about the reliability of the eyewitness testimony provided by the victim’s wife.

Without that eyewitness account, the Oregon Department of Justice dismissed the charges Thursday.

Lawson’s attorney tells the Roseburg News-Review his client’s reaction was one of “stunned relief” when he left the Douglas County Jail.

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