For the first time in decades a man is waking up at home.
Late Monday afternoon, a judge freed Angel Echavarria, whose murder conviction was overturned after he spent 21 years behind bars.
When asked what he is going to do now, he said he was going ot eat a real meal, adding that he likes lobster and steak.
“I am innocent,” he said. “I knew that would come.”
In April, a judge overturned Echavarria’s murder conviction.
In 1996, he was found guilty of killing Daniel Rodriguez in Lynn.
There was no physical evidence to link him to the crime.
“When you are innocent you keep your hope,” he said.
The Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University spent years investigating Echavarria’s case.
They presented years of research to a judge who overturned Echavarria’s conviction.