Homicide

3rd man to be exonerated by judge in 1975 Cleveland slaying after witness recants testimony

  • Ronnie Bridgeman, now known as Kwame Ajamu, gets a hug from Judge Pamela A. Barker after charges were dismissed against Ajamu Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Cleveland.  Ajamu, the last of three men convicted and sentenced to death in the 1975 slaying of an Ohio businessman had his charges dismissed.  Ajamu was 17 when he was convicted in the shooting death of Harry Franks outside a Cleveland corner store. He was released from prison in January 2003 after 27 years behind bars. His brother, Wylie Bridgeman, and their best friend from the neighborhood, Ricky Jackson, were released from prison late last month after serving nearly 40 years.  (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Ronnie Bridgeman, now known as Kwame Ajamu, gets a hug from Judge Pamela A. Barker after charges were dismissed against Ajamu Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Cleveland. Ajamu, the last of three men convicted and sentenced to death in the 1975 slaying of an Ohio businessman had his charges dismissed. Ajamu was 17 when he was convicted in the shooting death of Harry Franks outside a Cleveland corner store. He was released from prison in January 2003 after 27 years behind bars. His brother, Wylie Bridgeman, and their best friend from the neighborhood, Ricky Jackson, were released from prison late last month after serving nearly 40 years. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ronnie Bridgeman, now known as Kwame Ajamu, pumps his fist as he addresses the court after charges were dismissed Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Cleveland. Ajamu, the last of three men convicted and sentenced to death in the 1975 slaying of an Ohio businessman had his charges dismissed. Ajamu was 17 when he was convicted in the shooting death of Harry Franks outside a Cleveland corner store. Ajamu was released from prison in January 2003 after 27 years behind bars. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Ronnie Bridgeman, now known as Kwame Ajamu, pumps his fist as he addresses the court after charges were dismissed Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Cleveland. Ajamu, the last of three men convicted and sentenced to death in the 1975 slaying of an Ohio businessman had his charges dismissed. Ajamu was 17 when he was convicted in the shooting death of Harry Franks outside a Cleveland corner store. Ajamu was released from prison in January 2003 after 27 years behind bars. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ronnie Bridgeman, now known as Kwame Ajamu, wipes away tears during a hearing where charges were dismissed Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Cleveland.  Ajamu, the last of three men convicted and sentenced to death in the 1975 slaying of an Ohio businessman had his charges dismissed.  Ajamu was 17 when he was convicted in the shooting death of Harry Franks outside a Cleveland corner store. Ajamu was released from prison in January 2003 after 27 years behind bars. His brother, Wylie Bridgeman, and their best friend from the neighborhood, Ricky Jackson, were released from prison late last month after serving nearly 40 years.  (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Ronnie Bridgeman, now known as Kwame Ajamu, wipes away tears during a hearing where charges were dismissed Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Cleveland. Ajamu, the last of three men convicted and sentenced to death in the 1975 slaying of an Ohio businessman had his charges dismissed. Ajamu was 17 when he was convicted in the shooting death of Harry Franks outside a Cleveland corner store. Ajamu was released from prison in January 2003 after 27 years behind bars. His brother, Wylie Bridgeman, and their best friend from the neighborhood, Ricky Jackson, were released from prison late last month after serving nearly 40 years. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)  (The Associated Press)

The last of three men convicted and sentenced to death in the 1975 slaying of an Ohio businessman is scheduled to have his charges dismissed.

Ronnie Bridgeman, now known as Kwame Ajamu (KWAH'-mee ah-jah-MU'), was 17 when he was convicted in the shooting death of Harry Franks outside a Cleveland corner store. Ajamu was released from prison in January 2003 after 27 years behind bars. His brother, Wylie Bridgeman, and their best friend from the neighborhood, Ricky Jackson, were released from prison late last month after serving nearly 40 years.

Ajamu was expected to have the charges dismissed at a court hearing Tuesday.

The case against the three men fell apart when a boy who was the prosecutor's star witness recanted his testimony last year.