DETROIT – After spending seven and a half years of his life in prison for a murder he didn’t commit, Edward Khalil is finally a free man.
Khalil was tried, re-tried and lost three different appeals over the years. Through it all, he never lost his faith that he’d walk away a free man.
Khalil, 37, looks dramatically different now than he did nine years ago, when Local 4 got video of him at the murder scene, just before Detroit police snapped handcuffs on him.
“Nice to know you have security, but when you see a security guard blow a man’s head off with a 12 gauge, come on,” a witness said.
Somehow the story changed, and Khalil took the fall.
“I was never interviewed, never interrogated. I was thrown in the precinct for three nights and was taken to the county jail to post bond,” Khalil said.
The Wayne County Conviction Integrity Unit spent a year investigating the incident.