Susan Marie Mellen, 59-year-old woman who has spent past 17 years of her life in prison on charges of murdering a homeless man was freed yesterday. She was judged innocent of all the charges.
Susan Mellen was seen hugging her grandchild with tears of happiness shedding from her eyes. She also danced in joy.
After being released from the Torrance courthouse, Mellen told reporters, “I always knew that one day God would bring the truth to the light.”
The judge Mark Arnold overturned the conviction of Mellen saying he believes that her attorney has not represented her case properly. A witness who claimed that Susan Mellen confessed her crime to her was found to be a “habitual liar.”
Judge Arnold said, “I believe she is innocent.” He also said, “For that reason I believe in this case the justice system failed.”
The attendees of the courtroom proceeding gave a big round of applause by clapping the judgement.
Richard Daly, a homeless man died of beating 17 years ago. Susan Mellen was convinced after the testimony of June Patti. It has been found that June Patti had a history of lying before law enforcement. Patti is no longer alive.
The other members who were convicted for the crime took a polygraph test and they have admitted that Susan Mellen was not present at the crime scene.
Fox News reports that Susan Mellen was arrested by a Police officer who has a history of arresting innocent persons in 1994.
But Mellen said she has no bad intentions or feelings towards the people responsible for her wrongful conviction. She said she forgave them. But she also termed her conviction as ”cruel.”
Mellen said, “No, no, I always forgave my enemies, even your haters, you have to forgive them and sometimes you have to thank them because they bring you closer to God.”
Jessica Besch, the daughter of Susan Mellen said she has been waiting for the justice for years. She has postponed her wedding for eight long years with her long time fiancé just because she wanted her mother to attend her wedding.
Susan Mellen has also dyed her hair after getting out of the jail. She said, “I had so much gray hair, and then I just thought, you know, it’d be nice to have my hair colored, just to feel good about yourself.”