On May 21, 2021 just before 5pm ET, Larry Walker was freed from a Philadelphia prison after his conviction was vacated by Common Pleas Court Judge Tracey Brandeis-Roman, on the consent of the Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU) of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. Mr. Walker spent 38 years wrongfully incarcerated for a murder he did not commit. He was welcomed home by his extended family, including his supportive daughter, son, and grandchildren, who stood by him and fought for his freedom for nearly four decades.
After all these years lost, the Philadelphia CIU recognized the countless injustices suffered by Mr. Walker and his family as a result of a horrifically flawed police investigation and incompetent legal representation at his original trial. The CIU agreed to his immediate release, but only on the condition that he plea nolo contendere to a reduced charge of third degree murder. Mr. Walker was left with the choice of immediately walking free and being united with his family or staying in prison for years to come, litigating his post conviction petition that the Commonwealth presented false testimony and suppressed exculpatory evidence. The now 60 year old Mr. Walker understandably chose freedom knowing he walks out of prison as he walked in, an innocent man.
Centurion championed Mr. Walker’s case for the past nine years. He is represented by Centurion Legal Director Paul Casteleiro, along with David Rudovsky and Susan Lin of Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing, Feinberg & Lin, LLP. Centurion Investigator Alan Maimon thoroughly re-investigated the crime and assisted in building the case for Mr. Walker’s release.