Thirty-four-year old Joshua Charles Kezer walked out of the Jefferson City Correctional Center shortly after 3 p.m. CST Wednesday. A crowd of friends, family members and TV cameras greeted Kezer.
A day earlier, Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan ruled that Kezer was wrongly convicted in the death of 19-year-old Angela Mischelle Lawless.
The judge's ruling sharply criticized the courtroom conduct of former Rep. Kenny Hulshof, who prosecuted the case. Callahan ruled that Hulshof improperly withheld several key pieces of evidence from Kezer's defense attorneys.