TORRANCE (AP) — A Southern California woman who spent 17 years in prison for a murder a judge believes she didn’t commit must wait another month to be declared factually innocent.
The Daily Breeze says a Los Angeles County judge granted a request Friday to delay Susan Mellen’s hearing so the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office can review paperwork.READ MORE: Jokic Has 49, Triple-Double As Nuggets Edge Clippers In OT
That office has agreed that Mellen was wrongfully convicted in 1997 of beating a homeless man to death.
Mellen was freed two weeks ago after Judge Mark Arnold said her conviction was based on the testimony of a notorious liar.READ MORE: Lakers Blow Halftime Lead In Loss To Pacers
Mellen’s attorney says the Gardena woman left prison broke and she wants a formal declaration of innocence because it would force the state to pay her about $600,000 for her years of incarceration.
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