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Wiley and Ricky


The case against Ricky Jackson and Wiley Bridgeman has been dismissed. The two were wrongfully convicted of murder in 1975 when a 12-year-old boy fabricated an account of a deadly attack on a Cleveland grocery store employee.

Jackson, Wiley and Wiley’s brother, Ronnie Bridgeman, never stood a chance when young Eddie Vernon boldly went to police with hearsay disguised as the truth. The case against the men was sealed by Vernon’s testimony.

Ronnie Bridgeman was released in 2003 after serving his time.

If it wasn’t for the Cleveland Scene and reporter Kyle Swenson, the other two would still be in prison. In 2011, they dug deep into the 36-year-old case and started asking tough questions.

“It was pretty dramatic. It was a little hard to believe this all happened,” said Swenson.

Swenson discovered conflicting views in the neighborhood with Vernon’s testimony.



Article and Picture Courtesy of WOIO 19 Action News

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