Woman found innocent of murder after 17 years
(HUFFINGTON POST) -- Susan Mellen, 59, was serving out a life sentence in California for the death of her ex-boyfriend. But that sentence was cut short when a judge threw out her conviction, saying there was strong evidence of her innocence.
Superior Court Judge Mark Arnold said, "I believe she is innocent. For that reason I believe in this case the justice system failed."
The judge found that the key testimony against Mellen came from a "habitual liar" and Mellen also didn't have adequate defense provided by her lawyer at the time.
Mellen was convicted 17 years ago and after all that time lost, she says she's nothing but happy. She told KCAL she wrote "freedom" on the bottom of her shoes in prison hoping for this day.
"I didn't want it to take a hold and change who I really was: A person who really had a lot of love in my heart and I was actually always a good person," Mellen said.
Mellen says she now hopes to get to know her son better and help one of her daughters plan her wedding.