Thousands raised for men exonerated in '75 murder

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Posted: Nov 24, 2014 8:18 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) — Thousands of dollars have been raised to help two men who have been exonerated in a 1975 Cleveland slaying after decades in prison.

WKYC-TV in Cleveland reports (http://on.wkyc.com/1uRtn8k ) donations on public crowd-funding Web pages for 57-year-old Ricky Jackson and 60-year-old Wiley Bridgeman totaled more than $25,000 in just a few days.

Jackson and Bridgeman were released from jail Friday after a judge dismissed the cases against them. The dismissals came after the key witness in the case — a then-13-year-old boy — recanted his testimony last year.

Jackson's GoFundMe fundraiser page had raised more than $26,000 as of Sunday. Bridgeman's page raised more than $600.

The pages were set up by the Ohio Innocence Project and Ohioans to Stop Executions to help the men rebuild their lives.

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Information from: WKYC-TV, http://www.wkyc.com