It’s an unusual story. In Chicago, a man named Kevin Dugar has just been released from the Cook County jail after serving 20 years for murder. The reasons for his release? His twin brother, Karl Smith, confessed in 2016 to being responsible for the fatal shooting for which Kevin Dugar had been convicted.

A few years later, Kevin Dugar’s imprisonment was lifted and he was released under certain conditions. His lawyer Ronald Safer testified this Thursday to the state of mind of the innocent: “He is overjoyed to be free but also adapts to a world quite different from the one he left there. 20 years old when he was arrested for this crime he did not commit,” he said.

Released 20 years later following the confession of his twin brother

It was therefore in 2016 that Karl Smith denounced himself by claiming the innocence of his twin brother who was until then behind bars for his own murder. It was about the murder of a member of a rival gang. Two years after Karl Smith’s confession, a judge refused to grant Kevin Dugar, his twin brother, a new trial, saying none of it was credible. Indeed, Smith was already serving a 99-year prison sentence following a home invasion that went wrong in which a child was the victim after being shot in the head. The prosecutor at the time said that Smith had “nothing to lose” by finally confessing to this crime.

After that, a new judge began to review Kevin Dugar’s case after an appeal. Dugar’s attorney then said, “The Court of Appeal found that there was a strong likelihood that a jury hearing all the evidence would find Kevin not guilty.”

Kevin Dugar, however, has a condition for his release: that of living in a transitional residential establishment.

Kevin Dugar was wrongfully convicted for 20 years © NY Post

Lara T.
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