Anthony Wright spent 25 years in prison for rape and murder. Finally, the jury has cleared him by concluding he did not commit any crime.
The post-acquittal phase for the man was extremely emotional. He was elated and optimistic at the same time, but not at all bitter.
At a news conference, Anthony Wright said that he worships a merciful God, one who forgives. The 44-year-old was accused of raping and murdering a 77-year-old Nicetown woman in 1991, according to Philly.com. He was acquitted at the retrial of the case.
“Who am I to hold a grudge against somebody?” he asked. “I don’t do that, man. I worship a merciful God. And I believe in him, and all the chips will fall where they may. We’re here today because of that.”
Eight out of the twelve jurors attended the news conference, which took place within 24 hours since Wright attained his freedom and walked into the arms of his family. After the acquittal, Wright celebrated with his family and legal team. There, he became so obsessed with eating cheesecakes that others had to take it away from him.
According to him, after returning home, all he had received was hugs and kisses, along with a lot of family and friends.
“I mean, I had probably four or five phones in my possession at one time,” he said. “I always say I’m a great multitasker. I don’t know how good a job I did last night.”
Wright said he was separated from his then 4-year-old boy, who is now a 28-year-old man. He added that each day in prison, he had “survived on the backs of everyone you see here.”
The acquittal day, he said, is the best of his life. Wright said he would do whatever his grandchildren would want to do and also asked for more cheesecakes with any flavor.
According to the Daily Mail, law enforcement authorities inspected sperm inside the murdered woman’s body and found none of Anthony Wright’s DNA. Evidence pointed towards Ronnie Byrd, a former drug addict from Nicetown, as the person who assaulted her.
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