Finally, Really, A Free Man! Case Dismissed!

"36 years is a long long time," says Michael Hanline who knows all too well because that's how much time he spent behind bars for the murder of J. T. McGary of Ventura. Now, after all of that time his 1980 conviction for the 1978 murder has been overturned. He was actually released in November. At that time he was given a GPS ankle bracelet and had to put up bail. Now, it's official. The bracelet is gone and the $2500 bail he paid has been returned.

Alex Simpson with the Innocense Project who has spent years says, "The prosecution's theory was that Michael Hanline was the one to take JT McGary out from his house, and shoot him, dispose of the body and DNA evidence showed that there was an unknown male perpetrator that was found on the evidence that was next to the body and that's who committed the murder."

Ventura County Deputy D.A. Michael Schwartz says that "doesn't necessarily disprove that he did it. It's possible that he had something to do with the murder and it's possible that he didn't."

To Hanline, the case dismissal feels "real good. About as good as its ever felt" and now he hopes everything is going to be like it used to be."

It's not though. He says the world is a lot different now. "They got cell phones and computers and just go to a gas station. You go to a gas station you got to put a credit card in. It's all changed. It's not the same world it was. Gas isn't 32 cents and a pack of cigarettes isn't 30 cents."

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