Man freed decades after double killing that rocked LA suburb

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Posted: Nov 23, 2017 4:29 PM
Man freed decades after double killing that rocked LA suburb

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California man convicted nearly 40 years ago of killing his former girlfriend and her son told the governor in a clemency application he filed from prison in 2013 that he was framed by a detective who destroyed crucial evidence.

Craig Richard Coley walked out of a prison in California's high desert a few hours before Thanksgiving after Gov. Jerry Brown issued a pardon. His whereabouts could not be immediately determined.

The 70-year-old Coley was convicted of killing 24-year-old Rhonda Wicht of Simi Valley and her 4-year-old son in 1978.

Simi Valley's police chief and Ventura County's district attorney asked Brown to pardon him.

They say forensic tests reveal Coley's DNA isn't on a key piece of evidence used to convict him.

They say others' DNA is on the evidence that was not identified.