Dec 12, 2022
Wrongfully Convicted Georgia Men Released After 25 Years Behind Bars Transcript
They were locked up for 25 years for a crime they didn’t commit. Lee Clark and Josh Storey were exonerated and released from the Floyd County Jail this week. Read the transcript here.
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Speaker 1 (00:00):
Lee Clark and Josh Storey spent their first full day of freedom just looking around at everything that has changed over the past 25 years. They say it feels like a dream.
Lee Clark (00:12):
Did I sit there for many years wondering if the truth was ever going to come out? I thought … There was times that I was starting to lose hope.
Josh Storey (00:20):
Nah, I thought I was going to die in prison. I really did. I never thought I would ever see the free world again.
Speaker 1 (00:27):
Lee Clark and Josh Storey say a lot has changed in the world since they first went to jail more than two decades ago.
Clark and Storey were 17 years old when their friend, Brian Bowling, died from a gunshot wound to the head while playing Russian roulette. But a witness testified the two men told her they killed Bowling.
Clark and Storey were convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.
Thursday night, they were released from jail, their convictions overturned; all of this after the Georgia Innocence Project got involved,
Speaker 4 (01:06):
We and Caine are free.
Speaker 1 (01:08):
And Proof Crime Podcast uncovered the murder convictions were based on manufactured evidence
Speaker 4 (01:16):
Relief that something finally worked and that something actually got through the system.
Speaker 1 (01:28):
Josh Storey picked up a guitar for the first time since he was a teen.
Lee Clark says it may take time to adjust to life outside prison walls.
Lee Clark (01:39):
It is really a shock being behind prison walls for 25 years and to walk out and to see how the world has changed.
Speaker 5 (01:46):
We let the Lord take it. He’ll take it. And he did. And let me tell you something, the Lord is shining. He’s shining today.
Speaker 1 (01:53):
Both men say they aren’t angry about everything that happened. Lee says, “Toting around anger doesn’t help a thing.”
In Floyd County, Denise Dillon, Fox 5 News.