Adrian Thomas reacts to not guilty verdict

TROY, N.Y. – A Troy man spoke out Thursday after he was found not guilty of a murder charge.

Adrian Thomas walked out of the Rensselaer County Jail Thursday after being found not guilty of Second Degree Murder in the 2008 death of his four-month-old son. Thomas said he was relieved and also a little surprised by the verdict.

“I didn’t think it would come for a long time,” he said.

Thomas has waited almost six years to be found not guilty. The saga began in 2008 when Thomas was arrested and charged with his infant son’s murder.

During the initial police interrogation, Thomas allegedly confessed to throwing baby Matthew down and causing head injuries.

Police reportedly told Thomas his baby would die if he didn’t explain how the infant hit his head, but the little boy was already brain dead. A jury found Thomas guilty in 2009 after watching that video confession.

Thomas was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

But in February 2014, the New York State Court of Appeals overturned the guilty verdict and threw out the evidence because they said police tactics were “highly coercive deceptions.”

Thomas recalled the interrogation Thursday.

“It was a heartbreaking moment for a long time,” he said. “And at least for five years, I still have a lot of emotions for what they did. There’s nothing I could say that could bring back five years ago. I’m ready to move on.”

Thomas said his son will be missed.

“I wish I could have attended his funeral, but unfortunately I couldn’t at the time,” he said. “He will definitely be missed always.”

Thomas said he wants to move on with his life now that he is a free man. He said he has more business to take care of in New York, and then he plans to return home to Georgia.

Find out what kind of precedent the verdict could set for future cases and police interrogations, here.

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