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Detroit man cleared of 1992 murder says ‘justice prevailed’

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Michigan Department of Corrections shows Desmond Ricks. A judge on Friday, May 26, 2017, threw out the second-degree murder conviction of Ricks, who accused police of framing him with phony evidence and his mother's gun more than two decades ago. Tests show one of the two bullets removed from the victim doesn't match the gun that was presented to jurors back in 1992. The other bullet was too mangled for analysis. Ricks' case was reopened at the request of the University of Michigan law school's Innocence Clinic. (Michigan Department of Corrections via AP, File)

DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on a decision to throw out a Detroit man’s murder conviction after 25 years (all times local):

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2:25 p.m.

A Detroit man suddenly released from prison after 25 years says “justice prevailed” in his effort to overturn his murder conviction.

Desmond Ricks tells The Associated Press that he wants to get a job, pay taxes and just be a “normal citizen.” A judge threw out his conviction Friday after tests showed police used sham evidence against him at his 1992 trial.

Tests on bullets removed from a murder victim don’t match the gun that was described as the weapon.

Ricks went to lunch with his legal team after leaving prison, ordering a grilled cheese turkey sandwich. The 51-year-old plans to reunite with two daughters and six grandchildren whom he has never seen.

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12:25 p.m.

A Detroit man has walked out of prison after 25 years, after tests showed he was convicted of murder with sham evidence.

Desmond Ricks met his legal team Friday at a prison in western Michigan, a few hours after a judge threw out his conviction. New tests showed the bullets removed from a victim in 1992 don’t match the gun that was described at trial as the murder weapon.

Ricks’ case was reopened at the request of the Innocence Clinic at University of Michigan law school. He claimed he was framed by police in 1992. His suspicions grew in 2008 when the Detroit police crime lab was shut down because of bad work.

The Wayne County prosecutor’s office agreed that Ricks’ conviction should be set aside.

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8:48 a.m.

A judge has thrown out the second-degree murder conviction of a Detroit man who accused police of framing him with phony evidence and his mother’s gun more than two decades ago.

Tests show one of the two bullets removed from the victim doesn’t match the gun that was presented to jurors back in 1992. The other bullet was too mangled for analysis.

Desmond Ricks’ case was reopened at the request of the University of Michigan law school’s Innocence Clinic.

Director David Moran tells The Associated Press that prosecutors agreed that the conviction should be overturned, and Judge Richard Skutt signed the order Friday.

Ricks, now 51 years old, was charged with shooting an acquaintance outside a Detroit fast-food restaurant. Police later arrested him and seized his mother’s gun.

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