Men who spent more than 20 years in prison for 'satanic' murder conviction released on bond
Two men who spent more than 20 years in prison after being convicted for a "satanic" murder are now out of jail.
MEADE COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two men who spent more than 20 years in prison after being convicted for a "satanic" murder are now out of jail.
Garr “Keith” Hardin and Jeffrey Clark were sentenced to life in prison for the 1992 murder of Rhonda Sue Warford.
Days after she was reported missing, the 19-year-old was found stabbed to death in a Meade County field.
The prosecution argued the men committed the killing as part of a satanic sacrifice.
Last month, Meade County Circuit Judge Bruce Butler overturned the convictions, citing new DNA and other evidence uncovered by the Innocence Project, a group aimed at exonerating the wrongly convicted.
On Monday afternoon, the two men were released from the Meade County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond.
"It’s the first step to getting my freedom back,” Clark told WDRB as he walked out of the jail. “You think about it, but after you fight so many years, you just don't know if it's ever gonna happen. People don't understand what it feels like to have your life taken from you for nothing.”
"Right now, I'm feeling, just, so many emotions at once," Hardin told WDRB over the phone, hours after his release. "It's hard to say what I'm feeling. I'm just trying to get used to a whole new environment right now.”
Meade County Commonwealth's Attorney David Williams told the court that he intends to retry the two men.
While out on bond, Hardin and Clark have been ordered to use no drugs or alcohol, and they can have no contact with each other or the victim’s family.
The two must also stay in the state of Kentucky and adhere to a 6 p.m. curfew.
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