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DNA Triggers Release Of 2 Inmates In 1994 Murder

Michael Saunders (left) and Harold Richardson were released from behind bars in November 2011, after serving 17 years for a rape and murder they did not commit. Two other men who were also cleared in the so-called "Englewood Four" case had already completed their sentences when DNA evidence tied another man to the crime. (Credit: CBS)

Michael Saunders (left) and Harold Richardson were released from behind bars in November 2011, after serving 17 years for a rape and murder they did not commit. Two other men who were also cleared in the so-called “Englewood Four” case had already completed their sentences when DNA evidence tied another man to the crime. (Credit: CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) – Two men served 17 years in prison for a murder now linked by DNA to somebody else. On Friday, they were freed.

Michael Saunders and Harold Richardson left Cook County jail after being released on bond by a judge.

The men had been convicted for the 1994 murder of 30-year-old prostitute Nina Glover on Chicago’s South Side.

“I need to catch back up on lost time that I lost while being incarcerated for a crime which I didn’t commit,” Saunders told reporters. “I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t angry.”

Richardson says he’s glad he was freed during the holidays.

“Being falsely incarcerated I kind of lost interest in them. I lost the Christmas spirit, all that. Hoping to get it back now,” he said.

Saunders and Richardson now must face another trial. Their lawyers say charges should simply be dropped.

Two others were convicted of killing Glover, in addition to Saunders and Richardson. They had already completed prison sentences.