Man exonerated from prison continues to pay the price - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Man exonerated from prison continues to pay the price

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41)---5 days after being released from prison, we caught up with Kerry Porter on Christmas Eve.

"So many emotions. It's nice though. It feels good to be back home, finally," Porter told WDRB.  

Kerry Porter was thankful and optimistic. He was ready for Christmas with his family and planned to start looking for a bricklaying job. Now, 5 months later, some things have changed.

"Still unemployed. The medical bills are stacking up," says Kerry Porter.

Porter served 14-years-behind bars for the 1996 murder of Tyrone Camp. It was a crime he didn't commit.

"14 years, 10 months and 21 days," Porter says.

Prosecutors realized they had the wrong person last year, when a police interview surfaced implicating a different suspect, and the murder weapon showed no trace of Porter's DNA.

Porter says what he went through is now catching up with him.

"Dreams and nightmares. Reoccurring nightmares. I've lost a lot of weight. I've lost about 15 pounds since I've been out," he says.

He's been seeking psychiatric help and is still living with family.

The state of Kentucky doesn't compensate people after a wrongful conviction, so he's struggling to make ends meet when it comes to money.

The one thing he is hoping for is that someone else will be charged in the case.

"If there was enough evidence to exonerate me, it would seem that would be the same evidence that would be able to capture these…the real perpetrators," says Kerry Porter.

He still hopes that will soon come, as he also tries to move forward.

"I think they should put some more emphasis on my case and try to find out. I think the Commonwealth at least owes me that at a minimum," says Kerry Porter.

Porter says he is considering a lawyer to try to file a lawsuit to hopefully get some type of compensation.

Meanwhile, the Commonwealth's Attorneys Office says there haven't been any new developments in this case.

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