Freed inmate hopes to help others who are innocent

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A St. Louis man released from prison after a judge overturned his 1984 murder conviction says he hopes his case will help other innocent people who are behind bars.

Forty-six-year-old Darryl Burton walked out of prison Friday, the same day prosecutors in St. Louis decided against trying him a second time.

During a news conference Tuesday, Burton said he believes there are thousands of other innocent people in prison. He said cases like his -- in which there is no DNA evidence -- are especially difficult to prove and are often ignored.

Burton was convicted in a 1984 gas station killing in St. Louis.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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