A Florida man who spent three decades in prison is released three years after the conviction was overturned
A Florida man who spent 30 years in prison for murder before his convictions were overturned nearly three years ago has finally been released from prison after lawyers claimed he was closer to death from COVID-19 than he was when he was on death row was sitting.
Crosley Green, 63, was convicted of the murder of Charles ‘Chip’ Flynn Jr, who was found by police in 1989 and died of gunshot wounds in a Florida citrus grove.
Green was chosen from a line-up by Flynn Jr’s ex-girlfriend, Kim Hallock, who had been with him the night he died.
She claimed a black man hijacked a truck and kidnapped them both before driving into the woods and shooting him, CBS News reported.
Police arrived to find Flynn Jr who died of gunshot wounds, but he declined to tell them what had happened.
Green has always maintained his innocence, and his conviction was overturned in July 2018 after an appeals court found that prosecutors withheld evidence from defense attorneys during his first trial.
The state appealed the verdict and Green was trapped in jail, while the state’s 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled whether he should stand trial again.
Green’s law firm Crowell and Moring issued a fresh call for his release “ before COVID-19 possibly disputes his quest to prove his innocence. ”
Crosley Green, 63, has been released from a Florida prison after 30 years on death row
Green was arrested in 1989 for the murder of Charles ‘Chip’ Flynn, who was found shot in an orange grove
Flynn Jr, left, was just 22 years old when he was murdered. His ex-girlfriend Kim Hallock, right, was with him the night he died and later picked Green from a line-up.
After contracting tuberculosis and placed in medical quarantine, his lawyers told the court that Green was closer to death than on death row.
On Tuesday, federal judge Roy B. Dalton approved a motion to release Green on the basis of concerns about the pandemic, the time Green was in prison and his conviction overturned.
The judge said Green “poses no threat to public safety” and was described as a “model prisoner” by the director of the Calhoun Correctional Institution, where he was incarcerated.
“In addition, the public has a strong interest in the release of a prisoner who, according to the court, has been held in violation of the constitution,” said Judge Dalton.
Green had recently been exposed to tuberculosis and was being treated for the disease, his lawyers said.
He will be released to live with a brother in Mims, Brevard County, and will be monitored by an anklet.
Green’s law firm Crowell and Moring, who managed to get their client removed from death row in 2008, welcomed his release.
They said there was no direct evidence linking Green to the murder, and that newly discovered evidence shows that he had been wrongly convicted.
Green was a model prisoner at Calhoun Correctional Institution, according to Judge Roy B. Dalton
Pictured in the 1980s, Green has always maintained that he was at a party the night Flynn Jr was murdered
Green spoke to CBS’s 48 Hours in 2020 while awaiting developments in his appeal
This gun was presented as evidence in Green’s 1990 trial. An all-white jury convicted Green of kidnapping, theft, and murder, despite no physical evidence linking him to the crime.
CBS News reported that Flynn Jr’s former girlfriend, Kim Hallock, had told police that his truck had been hijacked by a black man the night he was shot.
Law enforcement officers arrived at an orange grove to kill a fatally injured Flynn Jr. to find. He refused to tell them how he had been injured, only that he wanted to go home.
Investigators found her story “was wrong,” according to CBS.
Hallock had said Green was driving the truck, but no fingerprints were found anywhere on the vehicle.
Florida today reported that prosecutors did not provide the defense with statements from responding prosecutors who said they believed Hallock was responsible for the deadly shooting.
Witnesses had been pressured to testify and four later recanted their evidence, it emerged during the appeal.
In a segment for the 1999 flagship research program 48 Hours, his family said Hallock was upset that Flynn Jr had a new girlfriend.
It reported that Hallock had later taken Green, who had recently been released from prison, from a lineup.
Hallock has never been a suspect in his death, the program reported.
Green claimed to have been at a party the night Flynn Jr was murdered, and spoke to 48 Hours in April 2020 while waiting for his appeal to be settled.
“It’s unbelievable,” he said when asked how he felt about the possibility of release.
“I hope and pray that day will come soon.”