BOSTON (CBS) – A man who spent 36 years in prison for a murder he says he didn’t commit became a free man Tuesday.
Fred Clay was convicted of first-degree murder in 1981 for the 1979 shooting death of 28-year-old cab driver Jeffrey Boyajian in Roslindale. Clay was 16 years old at the time of the murder.
The Suffolk County District Attorney’s office took another look at the case, determined Clay did not receive a fair trial and vacated the conviction.
“This evidence may not have risen in the minds of those jurors in 1981 to proof beyond a reasonable doubt,” said Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley.
“He’s entitled to a new trial. I do not believe that justice would be served by re-trying Mr. Clay based on that the evidence I know and the circumstances under which it was gathered.”
Clay, now 53, left a Suffolk Superior Courtroom Tuesday to tears and hugs from …