Man freed after second jury acquits him in mother's murder

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon
Man Freed After Second Jury Acquits Him in Mother's Murder

He walked out of a local jail Wednesday afternoon a free man for the first time in three years. Once convicted of killing his mother, Kevin Kyne said he never lost faith he'd get out of prison.

"I've been waiting for this moment for close to five years, so ... utter disbelief," Kyne told WFTS. "I'm ecstatic."

Man freed after second jury acquits him in mother's murder
See Gallery
Man freed after second jury acquits him in mother's murder
Credit: WFTS
Credit: WFTS

Police arrested Kyne in 2010 and a jury convicted him two years later for killing his mother, but a court of appeals granted him a retrial when it decided some testimony should never have been allowed in court. A second jury found him not guilty Tuesday.

During that second trial, Kyne's stepfather said he found the then-23-year-old choking Diane Kyne after an argument. Both Kevin Kyne and his stepfather have accused each other in the woman's murder.

The newly freed 27-year-old continued those accusations Wednesday.

"There's two people in the home -- three people in the home, my mother being one of them that has died -- and [of] the other two, I'm innocent. There's got to be a guilty party," Kyne told the Tampa Bay Times.

Kyne's grandmother took him home from jail.

"It's an exciting day for me to get him out in the open, but what he does with his life from now on is his choice," Phyllis Karakash told WFTS.

Kyne told a WFTS reporter the first thing he wanted to do as a free man was get a meal and spend time with family.

Also on AOL:
Sony's Amy Pascal: 'All I did was get fired'
Pierce Brosnan's Malibu home damaged by fire
Dog walks 20 blocks to medical center to see owner

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

People are Reading