A man has been freed after 13 years in prison for a death authorities thought was caused by a blow from a whiskey bottle, but which new evidence suggests happened when the victim was hit by a motor home.
Larry Souter, 53, was tried in 1992 and sentenced to 20 to 60 years in prison for the death of 19-year-old Kristy Ringler. She was found in the middle of a road in 1979 and later died of head injuries.
"I'm not a bitter person," Souter said after his release Friday. "I'm very excited and very emotional. I had a lot of support behind me."
According to court testimony, Souter and Ringler met at a bar and later attended a party. He said she decided to walk along the highway after she refused to let him drive her home. Souter said he returned to the party.
For years, medical experts disagreed about how Ringler was injured. One said she was probably hit by a vehicle; another said the wound matched the shape of a whiskey bottle found on the road nearby.